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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,127

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

Excellent book, lacking supporting character depth

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Sanderson delivers yet another (mostly) unique story with a driving plot. What is lacking here is the traditionally more subtle Sanderson trademark of delivering a conflict without giving away the solution. The reader is about to figure out early in the book why things are the way they are, dramatically lessening the impact of the climactic Revelations. Was still a good good.

As mentioned supporting casts character development is one dimensional. An entirely new problem for readers of Sanderson's books. It could be expected from a "hamburger and French fries" book as opposed to his larger more developed "meat and potatoes" novels, but isn't necessarily excusable. Supporting casts is described via familiarizing stereotypes, though the stereotypes are described in a more subtle way than "jock, rebel, robot try hard, know it all" etc.

Themes are appropriately at the YA level. "Find yourself" / identity development is the focus. Adults of course can relate, but the development stage seems to be that of an mid teen, which for the book is spot on. Adults will relate but depending on their own identity development likely less than a teen. Sex bias isn't terrible but not great either. Brandon does well writing from a female standpoint and not making the novel about romance. That said the "strong female lead/character" trope is highly pronounced. Good to have strong female characters, they are just the focus to the point that the men seem one dimensional. The attempts at male character development seem stereotypically based, while the female characters are the focus.

Narrated isn't distracted, and is easy to listen too.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,978
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,008

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

keep it in your pants

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

this book had copious unnecessary sex scenes that only distracts readers from the plot of the book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,646
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,437

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

My whole family loved it! We can't wait for the second book. Highly recommended for the entire family.