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  • Elantris

  • Tenth Anniversary Special Edition
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,780

In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad listeners who have since become Sanderson fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the superfan or new listener

  • By Christopher on 01-28-16

Less polished but still good

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This is a really good book but not anything like Sanderson’s later works. I was a bit disappointed listening to this book after Way of Kings and the Mistborn.

Solid story but I did have some trouble keeping all the names and unfamiliar words straight; they sounded very similar after a while and I kept having to ask myself “wait is that a person? A country? The religion?”

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,453

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

So so good and a new take on the genre

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I don’t normally like zombie books but this one was so. damn. good. It was so fresh and unique that I couldn’t stop listening to it. The narrator does an amazing job as well. Highly recommend!

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird Science

  • By Dubi on 04-26-18

Probably better as a physical book

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I liked this concept and Kate Reading did a great job with all the voices but I had a hard time following the various narrators in the novel. It was a lot going on and if you aren’t paying rapt attention, you miss who is talking very easily. The story within a story got a bit muddled as well, especially in the beginning. Might be easier going if you read it rather than listen.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

Great book but not for kids!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Despite the age of the protagonist and the fairytale and coming of ages themes, this is definitely not a kids book. I liked it a lot but there are some mature themes to be aware of if you are listening with younger audiences.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,113

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

I just couldn’t with this book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

This book was described to me as “A better Bobiverse”... that was not true in the slightest. This book slogged for me. I couldn’t get into it and I wasn’t interested at all - I ended up returning it after listening for a few hours.

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,360

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A transition and a preface

  • By David on 11-14-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I loved the first two books of this series but this one... well it left me wanting more and not in a good way. I felt a bit let down, like this book wasn’t written with the same care or attention as the other two. The plot felt lackluster to me and I felt the twist at the end was a bit of a cliche.

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,422

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sanderson Yet

  • By Carol on 09-10-17

Really liked this story

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Like all of Brandon Sanderson’s books, this one has an amazing storyline, creative world building and fully realized characters. It was a good, solid standalone novel but I have to stay it wasn’t my favorite book by Sanderson.

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,270

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Interpretation

  • By Gerald on 10-25-08

Great Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I liked this book but I could see why some people wouldn’t - There are some dry parts and lots of discussion of politics.

But the narrator is amazing! Very distinctive voices and an overall amazing performance.

  • The Bird and the Sword

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn't speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I'm a prisoner of my mother's curse and my father's greed. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love...a bird?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but not quite "epic"

  • By Leslie F. on 11-12-16

Mediocre romance with some fantasy

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I thought this was a fantasy novel with some romance in it when I first bought it as a Daily Deal. Nope nope it’s a romance novel with some fantasy in it. I don’t normally read romance so I was already disappointed but halfway through this book I was ready to give up. I really hated Lark and her completely confused and confusing character motivations. She is defiant and powerful but then meek and self deprecating from one chapter to another; I just couldn’t with her and her completely unconvincing oscillating opinions about herself and the king. There was a lot of good pieces in this book and some great conflict set ups, but the author choose to use the paltry love story between Lark and the king as the main driver of conflict and it annoyed the crap out of me. (spoiler!) you are married, are pregnant with the kings kid and he’s already told you a million times he loves you but we have to listen to you be reassured a million more times before it sinks in.

If you are into romance maybe you’ll like this? I wish the author had spent more time on the fantasy part of the story and less time on the train wretch that was the romance.

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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,050

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I really enjoyed this book. The characters where interesting and the plot took enough twists and turns to be captivating but not confusing.

The interludes took a little getting used to at first but I enjoyed the callbacks to them later in the book.

Also, there is some pretty strong language and graphic scenes so be warned.