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  • Space Knight

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994

In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret. Death and betrayal lurk around every corner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MSE writes another almost, pretty good book.

  • By Christopher on 08-21-18

space fantasy video game turned book

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

this book reads like a space fantasy video game with all of the positives and negatives that come with that.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,408

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

Strangely good

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I knew nothing about this book going in, other than it was a classic sci-fi book. I had heard the name mentioned a few times but I can't remember where. I ended up really enjoying it, after going in with no expectations and I suggest the same.

  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,969

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

Great book of speculative military science fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Fantastic combination of speculative military science fiction as well as good military storytelling. It sounds very well-researched, and is a classic for a reason.

  • Blood Song

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,257

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narration did not live up to it.

  • By Anthony on 06-29-16

good epic fantasy book

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

a new and interesting sword-and-sorcery series with good writing. the pacing is sometimes a little rush and sometimes a little drawn out, and this book covers a lot of events that don't seem very connected until later in the book. other than that I would really recommend this book

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,228

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

Great fantasy read

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

fantasy book with a lot of video game and tabletop gaming elements added in, made for a fun read.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,821

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Disappointing Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story just wasn't very good, there was no attachment to any of the characters, and the only saving grace was Rosario's voice acting.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will more readily trust reviews of the next Andy Weir book before just buying it just because I liked The Martian

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,764

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

One of the best books of all time!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Fantastic characters, great story, great pacing, fantastic action scenes, and a great concept well-executed. the book that started it all.

  • Crooked Little Vein

  • A Novel
  • By: Warren Ellis
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments), created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fall back for their great experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the prude

  • By shawn on 01-14-08

strange tale for strange times

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

feel like culture is getting hyperbolically weirder, meanwhile you're feeling more conservative and having trouble finding your place in the world. Then, this book is for you.

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,387

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

materials Science explained

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Great information presented in a manageable way. Answers a lot of questions about how things work.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,667
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,652

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

great story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

great end to this chapter of the series. the next book I may go buy