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  • Treeborne

  • A Novel
  • By: Caleb Johnson
  • Narrated by: Courtney Patterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked and where the peaches they left behind now grow. Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change - and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful debut by an incredibly talented author

  • By Jacob on 06-13-18

Masterful debut by an incredibly talented author

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I grew up in a small town in Alabama and I can tell you, Caleb Johnson's Elberta, AL feels as real and genuine as my hometown. The storytelling is masterfully done and keeps the reader constantly entertained and wanting more. The characters are quirky but have a sense of authenticity. Narrator’s spoken accents and the author's use of slang are both spot on to the way southern people speak. The story explores what makes the Deep South great but also gives light to the darkness of our past in a really subtle yet straight-forward way. The writing is a mix of serious story-telling, wit, and mythology that made me incredibly sad at parts and made me laugh out loud in others. Caleb also added in fantastical elements that add to the intrigue of Elberta and the characters. The sign of a great story to me is that when it is over, you want more. I wanted more of Treeborne. A lot more. I will miss the characters and the beautiful writing. I could talk all day about this book but it wouldn't do it justice. Absolutely recommend this book to everyone. Do yourself a favor and get Treeborne today.

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  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,547
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,529

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely would recommend this book to anyone. It is the greatest book I have ever read (not an exaggeration). Sanderson creates a world that I instantly missed when I finished this book. Sanderson also creates some of my favorite characters in fiction. I cannot wait for the next in the series.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,045
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,960
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,959

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

I absolutely love Sanderson as an author. I was first turned on to his writing when I read the Wheel of Time series that he completed for Robert Jordan. He finished the WoT better than Robert Jordan could have I regret to say. Then I read Sanderson's Mistborn series which is really good but the Stormlight Archive is his masterpiece. Only 2 books in and may be my favorite series ever. Absolutely incredible.