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  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,381

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Before I go on what might end up being a massive tangent, this series is possibly my all time favorite I have ever read/listened to and I am quite literally unable to express in words how highly I want to praise this book. Buy it, read it and enjoy the ride.

~Tangent mode engage~
I have always loved Drew Hayes works. It has gotten to the point where if I see a book from him I don't even look at the book summery, I just get it because I simply know it is going to be good. Its how I picked up the first installment of this series. Two years ago I saw a preorder for a book labeled "Super Powereds Year 1" I got it and the next day when it was available for download I went to work as usual and started listening as I worked at the daily grind. The book was 26 hours long and I think I finished that book in three days. Meeting Vince, Roy, Hershel, Mary, and Nick, learning about their powers and fears. Seeing them overcome that first year had me hooked more than I could have ever expected. And Drew could not have picked a better narrator than Kyle McCarley, with his range of voices breathing life into each character.
When the second book came along I vividly remember getting angry because I hadn't known it was out yet and started listening to it a few days after the fact. But as soon as I had seen it, another credit was quickly shelled out and the story developed more. The class was smaller, but here and there some familiar faces were around outside of the main circle that I could remember. I was growing to know the class of lander and each power was getting interesting applications. Hell, Drew managed to make the day to day drama between student interesting even when bombshells weren't dropping. In no time at all the 32 hour book had sped along and ended on me leaving me waiting for the next installment.
Just shy of a year and I had the next book. Now things were getting intense. The training was ramping up and plots deepening. It was about halfway through that book that I realized that I had gotten to the point I was remembering each students powers and names. I suppose that might be a simple thing but to just see someone mention one of the other minor characters, and not even need a moment to think about who their talking about with a cast this expansive is an impressive feat in my opinion at least. Every character was becoming familiar, adding to the story in different ways. With each book getting longer you would think it might last longer, but every time the books felt like they were getting devoured faster.
Corpies came out next, and even with me normally hating side stories, I was drawn into the adventures with Titan and couldn't stop from loving the book. It was so good I would have followed any of the characters if Drew went all out and did a spinoff book of a spinoff book.
One more year passed before this book came out. A new job has me unable to listen to books nearly as long as I used to. Even so, bit by bit I chipped away at this 60 hour monster of a finale. Plots came together and schemes were resolved. With a cast this large I can only even think of one plot thread that wasn't completely and entirely wrapped up and resolved one way or another. That is not to be taken as a detraction either, if anything I mean it as a massive complement to Drew. Almost nothing felt forgotten. When this book came to a close and the epilogue mentions a 10 year jump I felt genuine sadness. Not for the way things ended, which was simply amazing, but because with an ending like this I doubt we will be seeing another installment in this series. This world that Drew has made and these characters will always have a cherished place in my heart.

All of that and the most wonderful thing about it?
Not counting the time I have spent re listening to this series, or playing a bit of the first one to hook in a friend to try the books out, this series is easily 180 hours. That is over 7 and a half days of my life I have spent with these books. Now that its over, I look back on them all and smile remembering the highs and lows. Great memories of the truly epic battles and the mundane moments that charmed me. And I find myself reaching over for my phone to download the first book once more.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Knights Magi

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,604
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,220

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I find the reviews misleading

  • By Devin Anderson on 09-01-18

A good edition to the plot even if its a sidestory

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I hate side stories. I want to make that clear up front, and let it be known that its mostly what keeps this book from hitting higher stars. With other series I might have passed this book over entirely, but the spellmonger series so far has been a bit to expansive not to keep up with each release. The story itself is somewhat solid with only a few points which had me scratching my head. The performance from John Lee on the other hand is up to his normal high standard and you'll hear no complaints from me on that one. So all in all, if you can stand books that only feature the series main character in a few scenes you'll probably enjoy this as its not terrible, just somewhat of a pet peeve of mine.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Different take of some of fictions best characters

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Its hard to talk about much in this book without giving away some of the twists and reveals. While this book I wouldn't really say is a thriller or suspense book I do think it would be a disservice to elaborate on them. All the same I cant help but rate at 5 stars and highly recommend this book if you have enjoyed any other of Drew Hayes' works.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Almost dont want to admit how much I enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This book is dumb. It is at times borderline smut. The characters are not revolutionary. The story line is not something that will go down in history as a pillar of its genre..........and yet the simple fact is that this book is fun. I have come to expect high standards from Jeff Hays performances and he dose not disappoint here but start to finish this book is just entertaining. I think the closest thing I can bring it to is watching a troma film or the latest sharknado. Sometimes something is awful, and because of that you cant help but love it. Soon as I can suppress the shame I figure I will be going for book 2

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,678

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

Not sure what I expected, but couldnt be happier

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

With most of the books I listen to on audible its a matter of knowing a author or narrator, possibly even word of mouth. Then sometimes I simply see a cover that catches my eye and decide to roll the dice. Since this was the latter of those I gave the preview a glance to make sure it wouldn't end up being a smutty romance or something else outside of my usual venues and picked it up when no red flags came up. Simple concept, humans are now functionally immortal but someone still needs to cut back the population. But instead of another passingly interesting book I put on in the background I found myself drawn into the book more than I expected. The characters were memorable enough and at times even managed to strike emotional chords with me. I don't know if this is the book is for everyone, but I can say for sure I don't regret at all giving the book a chance.

  • Elon Musk

  • Biography of the Billionaire Tech Mogul Who is Pushing Humanity Forward
  • By: Dan Scott
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal. As of February 2017, he has an estimated net worth of 13.9 billion, making him the 94th wealthiest person in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you're a follower, there's nothing new here.

  • By Bikram Agarwal on 03-01-18

After this, I am 90% sure Elon is a supervillan

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I remember reading a headline about Elon Musk when he started selling actual flamethrowers. Then I had a chance to listen and review a book about him so I jumped at the chance. This guy, I cant decide if he seems more tony stark or more dr. evil. On one hand he dose so much good I cant help but respect the man. On the other....if someone told me the man had a moat of lava around his house I would be surprised, but I wouldn't really question the validity of it. The world is better for having this man in it and as far as biography's go I Highly recommend this one.

  • Chronicles of a Royal Pet: The Majesty of Magic

  • Royal Ooze Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Ian Rodgers
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Now, Jelly is accompanying Princess Liliana on her way to the Royal Varian Academy of Magic, where they both plan to learn more about the mystical arts. But not all is well, for a mad woman seeks the death of Varia's princess and will stop at nothing to ensure it happens. Add onto that new friends, bullies, and a prophecy, and Jelly has his tendrils full keeping the people he knows and loves safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent YA book

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-06-18

Interesting, but left me wanting more.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

For the second book in the season this was both amazing and somewhat strangely lacking. Any scene where the students were just being students was fun and entertaining, but other things like how some plot threads come out of nowhere and others just get clipped short like it was a movie reel budget cut just felt strange. There were a lot of scenes that felt like they either got left out or that the book could have benefited from letting them go on a bit more.

  • The Pen Is Mightier

  • By: J. A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

What if anything you wrote became true? When an angry dwarf at a traveling carnival promises Roger something that could change his life, he never thought it would come in the form of a magic pen. Now, anything the introverted college student writes becomes true, and with its power, he'll finally be able to take revenge on the bullies who have tormented him. There's just one problem. A group of assassins will do anything to get the pen, he accidentally made a entire squad of dancers into slaves, and his best friend somehow got an all-powerful mech. Maybe that's three problems....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By Carole Wooten on 02-15-18

A smutty teenage fantasy, but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I am a bit split on how to review this book. On the one hand it is a smutty romp where the MC swings his rod at everything in sight and hits damn near everything with a XX chromosome. Yet even as high school fantasy as the setup was..............crap if I didn't enjoy it. It was like one of those movies you know is awful but cant stop watching and just have a blast the entire way through. Heaven help me but Im looking forward to book 2

  • Grandfathers

  • By: John Isaac Jones
  • Narrated by: James H Kiser
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Grandfathers is a heart-warming story of grandfathers and grandsons told in two parts. The first part is set in 1946 and relates the experiences of five-year-old Billy Johnson with his grandfather. The second part is set in 1996 and tells of Billy's experiences with his own five-year-old grandson. What a difference 50 years makes!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple and heartwarming

  • By Jared on 01-25-18

Simple and heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

It was a touch hard to get into Grandfathers, as James H Kiser didn't quite do it for me. That said I think this book benafitted heavily from being the first thing I listened to after trying to enjoy kafkas the metamorphosis. After that, the gentle tone and kind nature of this book might as well have been aloe on a burn. Its not long or in depth, but I liked how this book basically told the same story twice only with one character being a grandson and a grandfather. Some things may change, and the world may move forward, but some things will always be the same. That in and of itself was wonderful.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Biography

  • By: Michael Whitmore
  • Narrated by: Dean Eby
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neil DE Grasse Tyson in bullet point

  • By BuildItLikeBeal on 12-26-17

An interesting look at Neils background

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I enjoyed this book for what it was, and even learned a few new tidbits about Tyson. It even had me laughing at one point which I didn't expect from such a short biography. All in all highly recommend the book if your curious.

I received this book in return for a honest and fair review.