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  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,794
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,034

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Wow! Just Wow! From start to Finish, just wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

From the moment the book began to the moment it ended, I wanted to know what happened. I really liked David's character, but not so much Kate's. The book did not slow down and didn't have any lulls. It was fast paced. My only wish is that I could have listened to it straight through instead of the way I did, which breaks up my commute to and from work. The characters were well thought out, and I really enjoyed how the author went back and forth between scenes that were happening at the same time or happened before or just after the previous scene. It was seamlessly put together. I am looking forward to the next one, which I will purchase momentarily.

  • Shadows

  • The Game Is Life, Book 5
  • By: Terry Schott
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Dawn belongs to a secret group of teenagers who play a cloak and dagger game on their cell phones. Her world is turned upside down when the players' actions begin to affect reality, and not in good ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and Switch

  • By Eric Travis on 06-25-17

Not what I expected from an otherwise good series

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

What would have made Shadows better?

To get rid of Daniel. She was the most annoying character I have read about in a while, and her constant use of "Daddy" was childish. I tried to avoid her as much as possible, but it seemed impossible as she appeared to be the main character.

Has Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. I listened to the book because I loved the four before it, and hoped that this book would follow in their excitement and adventure. However, it fell incredible short. It felt forced, as though Mr. Schott did not know what to write about or how to advance the story along and wrote the first thing that came to mind. For me, it did not fit in with the other books and was a huge disappointment. The characters were either annoying or more annoying, with Daniel at the top of the list. There were times when I wanted to shake some sense into them.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Luke brings the characters to life with life and inflection that reading alone cannot do. Also, his voice is dreamy beyond dreamy.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. There were so many times I just wanted to turn it off and give up, but didn't because I was hopeful that it would reveal its connection to the other four books. It did not. It seemed that some characters, namely the Old Man, were added to give the impression of being connected to the other books, but I didn't see the connection. He just seemed to be there for no other reason than just to be there. Is there something that I missed?

Any additional comments?

I think this book ended it for me. I can't go any further with the series, as much as I would like to. The first four books were superb, but this one fell flat on its face. It was boring, and unbelievable almost to the point of being comical. I do realize that our banking system and so many other parts of our lives are greatly dependent upon computers, but there are backup systems for backup systems for backup systems. What was suggested in this book could not happen unless the all the stars, planets, and other heavily objects were aligned in perfect alignment. And as for a series of families controlling the whole world and being toppled by a group who believe they were wronged because they couldn't get in on the action, I simply can't suspend my disbelief. Who's to say what the Displaced wanted was any better than what the families offered? At least the families provided stability, which is key to a civilized society. The Displaced wanted anarchy, which would undoubtedly lead to the demise of the human race.

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  • Heir of Fire

  • Throne of Glass, Book 3
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked

  • By Adam Goudreault on 08-29-16

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

What would have made Heir of Fire better?

An editor. A good editor would have used a red pen and removed more than half the text from this book. There were parts where the text went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and when it was done the story hadn't moved a millimeter in any direction. Remove Celena all together. Her whiny attitude gets worse in this book, and I can't bear to go on with the series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Definitely not anything Maas writes or Elizabeth Evans narrates. Both are beyond horrible. I ask myself how did I endure this long.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She detracted from the book by simply narrating it. Elizabeth Evans is awful beyond awful.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

When it was over. I was ever so grateful that it was over. I should have stopped listening half way through, but didn't want to waste my money so I endured.

Any additional comments?

Don't do it! Don't buy! Stay away! Spare yourself the pain, the torture and agony of Maas's work and Evans's narration! You'll be a better person for it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crown of Midnight

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An addictive sequel

  • By The Reading Date on 02-05-14

Bad As Bad Could Get!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

What would have made Crown of Midnight better?

It having not been published at all. The story was boring, and could have been cut in half, maybe even by 75%. Most of what was conveyed was superfluous, and the story should have been immensely edited. Much of was written really did not propel the story forward, and therefore kept it seemingly idle in one place.

What was most disappointing about Sarah J. Maas’s story?

The whole thing. It was awful as awful can get. I really can't describe it, and wouldn't suggest you read it to find out. You'll waste hours that you can never get back.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth Evans?

No. Never again. She is awful! Her characterization of the characters is poor and made me want to slam my head against the steering wheel if only to shut her up.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The last page, when it ended. All I could think of was "Thank God it's over!"

Any additional comments?

Why did I purchase the first three books? The series is awful!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,735

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

What Was I Thinking? Hours upon Hours Wasted!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I wouldn't recommend this book, or any of the books in the series for that matter, to anyone. It is the worst series I have every been involved in, and how the heck Maas managed to get six books out of it I'll never know. Maas's writing is awful!

What was most disappointing about Sarah J. Maas’s story?

Has anyone heard of an Editor? This book, as well as the others I begrudgingly made my through, were awful! There were points in the book where the text just rambled on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. You get the point. And Celena. Goodness! Someone give her a bottle and tell her everything will be okay! She's a whiny little woe-is-me, my poor pathetic life, cry a river for me, I'm Celena and need your pity type of character. There were so many times I just wanted to rip my iPod out of the audio jack just to shut her up. She is the worse character EVER!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator. Absolutely the WORST! No matter how badly I want to read a book, if Elizabeth Evans narrates the book, I will not buy it. She is awful! Horrible! Words can't describe how bad she is! BAD!! Maybe she was the reason I couldn't stand Celena or the other characters, or the way she narrates the text, or at times the way she talks so low and unintelligible that I had to turn my volume up to the max and rewind about a billion times just to make out what she was saying, or maybe it was the author. Whatever the reason or reasons, never again. If Evans narrates it, no chance I will press the 'Buy' button. She is that bad!

What character would you cut from Throne of Glass?

Every one of them! I couldn't connect with any of them. They were horrible, shallow, and either underdeveloped, or over developed whiny characters. These are hours I will never get back!

Any additional comments?

Don't do it! Spare yourself the agony! The story is horrible, and the narration even worse! There were times where I just wanted to beat my head against the steering wheel if only to block the narrator's annoying voice and her characterization of the characters.