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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,300
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,283

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Great novel especially for younger readers

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I am big Sanderson fan and this story does not disappoint. The world building and multilayered storyline are awesome as can be expected in a Sanderson novel. This book does venture off from the fantasy genre and it reveals that everyone has their weak points. It could be my over 20 years in the Air Force or that the novel seems to have been designed for an older YA audience, but their are glaring weaknesses with the military and flying aspects of the story. Overall, the novel was great and I couldn't pull away from it.

  • Kingdom of Ash

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,217
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,194

Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immensely satisfying and brilliant!

  • By deziree ayala on 10-27-18

Great final chapter to this series.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This is easily the best novel in this series. It continues the storyline and brings the series to an epic scale. Every plot and subplot is resolved in some fashion. The novel is long but moves at a fast pace and is packed with action and heartwrenching moments.

  • Empire of Storms

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,390

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, Stressful and Wonderful

  • By Claudia H on 09-13-16

Best in Series

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is the best book in the series so far. The storyline finally provides answers to many of the questions every fan longed to hear. The novel also does a great job setting up for an epic conclusion to the series.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,220

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Another great chapter in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This novels continues the long journey of our favorite characters as they try to survive a desolation. Although the ending is not as dramatic as you would expect from a Sanderson novel, it is still very satisfying. This novel answers many of the unanswered questions from the previous books and raises many new ones. If you loved the other novels in this series, you will love this one and will look forward to Book 4.

  • Age of Myth

  • Book One of The Legends of the First Empire
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,815

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • M. J. Sullivan is my favorite modern author but...

  • By GLENNO on 07-23-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This is an awesome introduction to this series. The characters are well developed. The magic system and world building are solid. Overall, the story has a nice flow, is well written, and is very entertaining.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,799

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Best fantasy novel in years

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

The story and writing is excellent. Great intro to a series. I bought the book so I could read the awesome prose. This is a story of a young man beginning his quest and dealing with loss while trying to get over an abusive father and find his way in the world. The world building is natural and the cast of characters add another dimension to the story.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,634

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but once it gets going...<br />

  • By Dallas on 04-10-18

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

The narrative takes about 8 chapters to get going. once you get into the actual story, it gets slightly better but is just the trope of the young chosen one that can do everything better than everyone else and needs training. Voice performance added to the pain of trying to get into the story. Failed to come anywhere close to the rave reviews of a well told story.

  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,893
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,862

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer", is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes nine works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

Great Collection

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Everything you would expect from Brandon Sanderson. Awesome performance. The collection dives deeper into the Cosmere and begins to fill the gaps between all of the novels.

  • The Raven Boys

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,966

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stiefvater does it again!

  • By C. ALLINGER on 09-20-12

Great example of excellent writing

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Stiefvator created an awesome world with compelling characters and her own brand of mythology. I couldn't give it five stars because the ending was simply a setup for the next novel, which I now have to read.

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  • Nightblade

  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she'll need to survive her tutelage under the realm's most dangerous assassin. Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father's debts. Thrust into a world she doesn't understand and battles she didn't ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie. When their lives crash together in a kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their kingdom forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Fantastic Hidden Gem

  • By Michelle @ In Libris Veritas on 12-21-15

Had potential. Some may like it.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

This could have been a great story but the writing needs work. There are too many flaws in the storyline. The performance is difficult to get past.

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