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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 215,995
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201,294

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

80s Nostalgia Was Best Part of Book

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

There could not have been a more appropriate narrator for this story. Wheaton did a great job capturing the nerdy, arrogant, and eager elements of Parsivol/Z.

The concept of O.A.S.I.S. was extremely creative and the egg hunt was a great plot device.

However, the story fell flat with character development. And the romantic elements felt forced. The protagonist came across as arrogant and awkward, rather than a likable underdog.

All this being said, it was WAY better than the movie.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60,675

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

Cool Concept, but the Characters Lacked Maturity

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Purchased because I enjoyed The Martian and Love Rosario Dawson. Sadly, I was disappointed by both. Jazz lacked depth and maturity. The gratuitous use of expletives felt like I was in the hallway of a junior high school. RDs accents were pretty rough too.
The amount of technical detail about physics and space science did not further the plot It felt like the author was trying to showcase how much he knew.

Super fun concept, with some entertaining moments, but it lacked something.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,700

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Greek Mythology for Women

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This book had the same feel as "Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Just as with the story of Arthur and his men, this story of Prometheus, Daedelus, and Odysseus was told from the perspective of a multifaceted goddess learning to accept her own humanity. I had always intended to brush up on my Greek mythology and Miller made it effortless. I enjoyed this book so much that I also purchased WhisperSync so that I could keep reading it at night. I wanted to know more about Circe and her island.

Overall, this book provided a balm to my loneliness. Reading about Circe's struggles helped me feel braver about my own. I plan on looking up other work by Miller now that I have completed this book.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,541

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

A Female Perspective on War

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I enjoyed this book. It surprised me and kept me listening the entire time. I wanted to know more about Eve and what happened to her hands. At times I thought hearing about the tragedies that befell the two main characters would be too much to bear, but the author did not sensationalize things and honored the stories she told. I also appreciated how forthright she was when discussing the narrator's sexual promiscuity. All in all, I found this book enjoyable and edifying.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,703

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

You'll Feel Worse After Listening

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The main characters were compelling and you wanted the best for them. So it was difficult to listen as each became the worst version of themselves. But the biggest thing I regret is what the author did to I would have changed what happened to Tunde.

What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

I loved her voice for Tunde. She had a nice musicality to it.

Was The Power worth the listening time?

No. The concept was intriguing, but I felt horrible after listening. It was an ugly story, and for me, there is enough of that in the daily reality of our time.

Any additional comments?

This narrative assumes the worst of humans and its leadership. It leaves one in a very dark place.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it's a love/hate thing

  • By Zahai on 02-28-18

Desserts, and Gins, and Magic, Oh My

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

While the book had extremely interesting components, the ending was quite messy. The whole book was building up to a strong climax, and then it kind of fizzled. The "To Be Continued" ending was less than ideal.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The City of Brass?

One of the moments that has stuck with me was the description of the bird creatures (their name is eluding me). The strength of their wings was described in such clear detail.

What aspect of Soneela Nankani’s performance would you have changed?

I know she can't help it, but I wish her voice was not so high and grating. Her male voices were particularly difficult to hear.

Do you think The City of Brass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. There was no satisfying conclusion to any of the main characters' story arcs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Tyranny of Petticoats

  • 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
  • By: Jessica Spotswood - editor
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Criss-cross America - on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains - from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today's most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Ass Girls!

  • By Tammy j on 12-09-16

A wonderful compilation

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

The stories were great. Some were stronger than others. I would have started the compilation with something slightly less tragic, but overall the representation of voices was refreshing. The narrator is fantastic.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,114

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

An Enchanting Story That Draws You In

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

Reviewed: 12-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

I am only familiar with the audio edition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tsusiko. The moment she is introduced to the story a flair of mischief mystery is introduced. She seems both wise and distant and adds the perfect amount of thoughtfulness to the plot.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's hard to pick just one scene. Any time a different tent in the circus was described I was mesmerized.

Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

Chandresh, who started off with hosting midnight dinners, had a flair and torment of the soul that reflected the underpinning conflicts of the Night Circus.

  • The Suffragette Scandal

  • Brothers Sinister, Book 4
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now. Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED!!!

  • By Heather K (Dentist in my Spare Time) on 11-09-15

A Solid Romance with Little Spice

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

Reviewed: 12-13-14

Where does The Suffragette Scandal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put it in the middle. It kept my attention and had a nice pace, but it lacked complexity.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the kid brother. He was energetic and loyal.

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

Yes, I particularly enjoy Ms. Landor's performances and that is why I tried this new author. She had a great performance as always.

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

No, that's why it belongs in the middle.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  • Book 3 of the Raven Cycle
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 4 hopefully

  • By Laura on 01-12-15

Stale Lily, Stalled Lily

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

Reviewed: 12-13-14

What did you like best about Blue Lily, Lily Blue? What did you like least?

The Raven Cycle has been broken into several books and the story could have been told in two. There are many redundancies and circular themes that get old after a while. I was hoping it would fare better than the second book, but I just felt like the story dragged on in a creepy, unsatisfying sort of way.

What could Maggie Stiefvater have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut to the chase a little sooner. It felt like things were dragged on to make room for another book, not because it enriched the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene between Adam and Ronin, when Ronin shows Adam his dream creature.

Was Blue Lily, Lily Blue worth the listening time?

If it had been cut in half, then yes, but it seemed to drag on.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful