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  • Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,031

From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16

Good except for giant plothole

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

The best thing about this book is the way it made TFA make sense. That movie never explained why there was a Resistance instead of just the NR military. It was confusing. This books explains all that and makes a lot of sense.

The problem with this book is the Great Galactic Lobotomy (my term for it, you'll know it if you read the book though), in which 99.9% of a group of ostensibly smart people suddenly become unable to grasp the blinding obvious and then react in a way that is extremely unrealistic. In real politics, there are always people who would act like that, but they would usually be the most unhinged of the opposing party, not close friends and members of the same party. Such obtuseness is so stupid that in real life it's usually reserved to people deliberately misinterpreting facts to suit their own agenda, not a sudden universal 100 point IQ drop.

So while this book made TFA make sense, it didn't make much sense itself. And even if there wasn't the huge plothole, it would have been good but not nearly as good as the author's other book, Lost Stars, which remains one of my favorite Star Wars books ever.

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,246

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

Brilliant and creepy tale of agoraphobic sisters

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

Some people might not "get" this book, but if it works for you, you are in for a treat. Shirley Jackson is a brilliant writer, and this is her at her best. It is not a horror novel like The Haunting of Hill House, but it's still very unsettling. It is about a family who live a secluded life. The protagonist is creepy, but also very sympathetic, so as the reader you root for her even as she does weird things, like doing things she considers to be magic spells (e.g., nailing things to trees), and trying to avoid society. She is a great example of an unreliable narrator, and seeing the story through her eyes makes it much more affecting and surreal.

The narration is fantastic. Dunne's tone evokes the antisocial fear and strangeness that the text should have.

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Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane audiobook cover art
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436

"Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change of selection

  • By Janice on 05-22-13
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

Great short story. Preview will make you impatient

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

It was very sad to come to the end of the preview; I can't wait for Ocean to come out now.

Shoggoth's Old Peculiar is a wonderfully narrated, excellent story. It's a funny and Lovecraftian, more than just a Lovecraft spoof or a funny story in which the Mythos is mentioned. I've seen it compared to the work of Douglas Adams, which is fair, but it reminded me more of Jerome K. Jerome, which is even higher praise in my book.

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,077
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,485

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Top-notch magic system in YA story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

This book has a good magic system, which the author is known for. I prefer his adult novels, but this one isn't YA in a bad way. It's just shorter and has a teenage protagonist, and the scope isn't as large as in his epic doorstoppers. Basically, it's great for teens and adults, although not as good as The Way of Kings or Mistborn. Compared to other YA, I'd say it's up there with Westerfeld's books.

Michael Kramer is awesome, as usual.

Definitely follow along with the PDF. You can store it on your phone and (when not driving) look at diagrams for the chapters you're listening to. The narration does a great job of covering the diagrams without you looking, but it's nice to see them too. It's not a big deal if you lag behind the audio when looking at the diagrams, but don't look ahead! There are major spoilers if you look at the diagrams before you get to that part of the book.

  • East of Eden

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,125

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why have I avoided this Beautiful Book???

  • By Kelly on 03-25-17

Great book with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 06-02-13

Would you listen to East of Eden again? Why?

Yes, I fully intend to. The characters and setting are so real and interesting that I want to experience the book again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lee, because he was awesome and wise.

Have you listened to any of Richard Poe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It's the first I've listened to with Richard Poe, but I hope it's not the last.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh in parts.

Any additional comments?

I can see why it's considered a classic.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,946
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,070

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Beautiful book with perfect narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-11

This book is wonderful. The characters and story are great, and the author combines the subtle humor with the serious events expertly. The narration is spot-on. The voices are all perfectly done and add to the reader's connection to the characters. It's not supposed to be a fast-paced thriller, as the negative reviews seem to have mistakenly thought. It tells an amazing story at the appropriate pace for the story. Speeding it up to YA novel speed would have taken away from the book. It's an amazing novel; I highly recommend it.

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