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  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,698

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Not a bedtime story

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

NK Jenison is a wonderful writer. Her characters and description are fully developed and memorable. The story is original and enthralling. I like the gender fluidity and matter of fact racial diversity. The magical system seems consistent and credible. It reminds me of the work of Ursula Le Guin.

That said, these stories demand attention and involvement by the reader. Jenison jumps around in time and sequence. It seems that in book two of the series, point of view also varies from chapter to chapter, and in some cases, even within a minute of narration. If you, like me, have a habit of going to sleep listening to audiobooks, you will become hopelessly lost and confused when you wake up and are decades previous or afterwards, or hearing from a completely different character or point of view. I enjoyed these stories listening to them while awake and driving or working around the house.

They are worth your time and attention, so stay awake!

  • Flight Behavior

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Authors should write. Narrators should read.

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 12-08-12

Poignant, timely, absorbing.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the finest living writers, and this story of a Tennessee farm couple confronting global climate change doesn't disappoint. the characters are fully formed and relatable; culture clash is in context. the gentle satire and social messaging are never preachy , and never interfere with the story. she also narrates her work well.
An enjoyable listen.

  • 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 35,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,222

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

compelling characters and adventure<br />

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

This is an excellent first fantasy novel, and I look forward to the rest of the series.


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  • Little Green

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good to the last drop as always.

  • By Nathaniel Eason on 09-30-16

Mosley and EZ - Older, wiser, better than ever.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-13

Walter Mosley's sweet, streetwise Easy Rawlins detective was last seen drunkenly plummeting from Highway 1 into presumed oblivion. Readers have waited six years to find out that Easy survived, weakened in body, but with the same universal wisdom.

He emerges into a California summer just beginning to feel the sexual and political and moral changes that would form a chain reaction of protest movements and liberal thought, and conservative reaction. Easy, of course, has a mission, which also naturally involves beautiful women, narrow escapes, corpses,slugfests, mystery and musings.

Walter Mosley writes like an angel, effortlessly mixing political commentary with wry humanist observations, and a fast moving storyline.

Michael Boatman narrates the story flawlessly, bringing to life Mosley's diverse cast of characters of all ages, races, and both genders.

A very worthwhile and entertaining read, and much more than "just a murder mystery".

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  • The Moon and the Sun

  • By: Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In 17th-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition, yet the Sun King's appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality, a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling historical romantic fantasy

  • By Kim on 01-07-10

Compelling historical romantic fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

Vonda McIntyre has long been known for her detailed, believable settings, and her strong, human characters. She doesn't disappoint in this narrative set in the court of Louis XIV of France, involving Vatican intrigue, the collision of superstition and science, a vanishing race of merpeople, and a grand romance. The hero, Marie-Josef (sp?) will rock your socks as she struggles against religious and political mysogyny. Five stars.

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    Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
    6,168 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,121

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's Your god like?

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Plot twists and atmosphere

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-09

Brandon Sanderson knows how to do epic fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed his "Mistborn" series. "Warbreaker" has the same theme of humans dealing with obtaining godlike powers, and the ethical and political complications which ensue. His characters are fully drawn and likable, with moments of hilarity. The plot twists and turns, keeping the reader in suspense and guessing. Sanderson's descriptions create a realistic atmosphere.

So why didn't I enjoy this novel as much as the "Mistborn" series? I don't know. Perhaps the characters are not as compelling when condensed into "merely" a long novel, instead of one spread out across 3 or 4 volumes. A good, perhaps not a great, read. Four stars.

  • The Gathering Storm

  • Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 32 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,030
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,211
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,212

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I normally wouldn't, but...

  • By D. Ramirez on 10-28-09

Brandon nails it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-09

I downloaded "The Gathering Storm" with some trepidation, as well as anticipation. Would Brandon Sanderson really be able to bring Robert Jordan's characters to life? Would he be able to help readers navigate Jordan's ultra-complex web of interrelated plotlines?

The answers: Yes, and yes. Sanderson nailed the characters. The plotlines were actually less confusing than Jordan's. And Sanderson did not exhibit much of Jordan's sexism and fixation with female characters...body parts.

A very enjoyable listen. Having the former narrators continue on with book 12 helped the continuity of characters, as well. This was well worth the wait, and I look forward to the next installment.

  • Voices

  • Annals of the Western Shore, Book Two
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Melanie Martinez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Voices stars the people of Ansul, a town of scholars and traders conquered by the marauding Alds 17 years ago. When poet Orrec arrives in town, however, the people begin to garner the courage to rebel against their overlords.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good book spoiled by awful reading....

  • By Ann B Hill on 08-29-10

Haunting, melodic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-08

"Voices" is a coming of age story, a young adult novel, an owner's manual for the democratic process, and a metaphysical journey. Also, an extremely entertaining listen you'll want to continue to the end, and play again and again to catch the nuances. Superbly narrated by Melanie Martinez.

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