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  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,415

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • never trust anyone

  • By M. B. Jones on 02-03-18

More than enough to get you hooked

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

Golden Son (along with its prequel Red Rising) is not going to hold the interest of someone looking for plausible science fiction, on the other hand, the story is well written and engaging on an emotional level. The characters are somewhat understandable and therefore approachable for the reader. It all adds up to a very entertaining and enjoyable set of books. I look forward to the finale.

  • Endeavour

  • Sleeping Gods, Book 1
  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 981

In 2118 the first daring mission to another star, Tau Ceti - 12 light-years away - is launched. Tom Hites and Harry Cosgrove command the starship Endeavour on an epic journey to solve the Fermi paradox. From the first nearly disastrous steps on a distant world, their quest takes them further than they ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nicely written journey through the galaxy

  • By Jason on 04-25-15

Just because we listen to it does not mean it should be poorly written

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I read to escape so there is not much worse than being rio back into the present by poor writing. I put this not on the author, rather on his editor. If he does not have an editor then shame on the author.
There were numerous instances of extra words and crapy turns phrase, even repeated words within the same paragraph that any editor worth their salt would have corrected.
As for the story overall, it kept me me listening, despite the fact that I like a lot more details in my science fiction.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Insatiable

  • Porn - A Love Story
  • By: Asa Akira
  • Narrated by: Asa Akira
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her number-one best-selling adult film series Asa Akira Is Insatiable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining. Exactly what you'd expect.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-28-14

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Once one gets over the shock of the subject matter, one quickly realizes that she's not a very good writer. Asa goes on to trivialize not trivial topics such as the domestic violence, drug addiction and abuse. She only occasionally comes out with something sweet or truly interesting.
Now, if I could only expunge the record of this book from my iPhone: a baby wipe perhaps?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fluency is anything but fluent

  • By D. Backshall on 07-15-17

Pretty good, but, please get the science right

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

This was way better than the dogs I finished recently, but there were some annoying things having to do with zero g that I had trouble getting past. For instance, there is no place for a ponytail in space. And to cut thrust is not to cut movement. One must counter movement with thrust in the opposite direction.
Like I said, it was decent.

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,358
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,298

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Stunning characterizations, new meaning for Epoch

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

Not since the Reality Dysfunction series have I fallen so hopelessly for a set of books. I have forsaken the likes of public and commercial radio alike so that I may listen to this series every hour not spent working.

The story is complex and at times mean spirited, but the characters, both good and bad, are as sublime as their arcs are unpredictable. The pace of the reading and the added depth given by the performance is refreshing.

A must read.

  • Bran Hambric

  • The Farfield Curse
  • By: Kaleb Nation
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

In a bustling metropolis where magic is outlawed, a six-year-old child is found inside a locked bank vault. A scrap of paper reveals his name: Bran Hambric. The child remembers nothing of his life before the vault. Only magic could have done this. But why would any mage risk breaking the law to place a child in a bank vault?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad start...

  • By E. K. on 10-10-10

Something borrowed, something blue...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Bran Hambric borrows a lot from it's predecessors in the genre, including Harry Potter. However, it lacks sophistication in the form of explanations that help the reader understand the context of the world in which the story take place.

It also misses a critical opportunity to explore the human condition resulting from abandonment, and loss, while making light of the emotional abuse afforded the main character by his wards. There is an attempt to rectify this by giving Bran an acerbic and some times sarcastic manner, but in the end he goes right back to living with the family that treats him like a slave at the end of the story.

The reading was mildly entertaining, and the story would be found acceptable by early readers of novels in the range of 8-12 years old.

  • Amped

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-11-12

Amateur hour on both writing and reading

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

More suited for young adults or even pre-teens.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel H. Wilson again?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader was too earnest and with too much inflection in the voice. He was over acting the parts.

What character would you cut from Amped?

all of them. :-)