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The Darkdeep
    
    
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        Ally Condie,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Brendan Reichs
    
    


    
    
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        Michael Crouch,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Emily Bauer
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    14 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Darkdeep

  • By: Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Emily Bauer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

New York Times best-selling authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs team up to co-author this thrilling first book in a darkly suspenseful middle grade series. Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits, with its creepy Beast sightings and equally terrifying legends. But when a bullying incident sends 12-year-old Nico Holland over a cliff and into Still Cove's icy waters, friends Tyler and Emma - and even Opal Walsh, who usually runs with the popular kids - rush to his rescue...and discover a mysterious island hiding in the murky, swirling mists below.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Riveting Story For Readers of All Ages

  • By Matt Moore on 01-08-19

A Riveting Story For Readers of All Ages

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The authors weaved a story that's engaging, suspenseful and whimsical with a Goonies-like flavor that permeates each page from start to end. The characters are relatable but never cloying. It's a splendid read (or listen). Now, can't wait for the sequel and eager to adapt this for a session of the Kids on Bikes or Rememorex RPGs!

  • A History of Heavy Metal

  • By: Andrew O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Andrew O'Neill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

The history of heavy metal brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess, from the household names of Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Iron Maiden and Metallica to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene and the New Wave of British heavy metal. It is the story of a worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music, of cutthroat corporate arseholes ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent choice to learn more about metal

  • By James McIver on 04-02-18

Riveting and Rocking in Its Scope and Detail

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Now I have to journey to see Andrew's live show! A superb memoir cum history if heavy metal from its subtle foundations to immense present. O'Neill leaves no stone unturned nor any band unscathed.

  • Empire of Imagination

  • Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons
  • By: Michael Witwer
  • Narrated by: Sam Witwer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax's magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and '80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. D&D is the best-known, best-selling role-playing game of all time, and it boasts an elite class of alumni.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story of Bittersweet Successes

  • By Sam on 11-16-16

Unusual Yet Intriguing Biography of Gary Gygax

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The words by Michael that are read by Sam weave N engaging story that combines fact with a dash of fiction, extrapolating not just Gary Gygax's history but the notion of roleplaying games as a whole. This is edifying and entertaining on every level.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • Expanded Edition
  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

Though Han Solo has thrilled Star Wars fans for decades, the notorious wisecracking scoundrel was chasing adventure and dodging trouble long before he walked into the cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport. Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he's trapped in a life of poverty and crime - and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang - reaching the distant stars seems impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last, solo revealed!

  • By Robert A. Raymond on 10-01-18

Mandatory Star Wars Reading

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Like all novelizations of Star Wars films, Mur's adaptation provides great context, hidden gems and more story that you don't get on the big screen. Well crafted and imminently enjoyable.

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  • Deadlands: Ghostwalkers

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 731

In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction...and an army of the living dead!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD GRIEF (those who read the story will get it)

  • By Wild Wise Woman on 10-02-15

Engaging Tale of the Weird West

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This was highly entertaining and had a strong story with an intriguing blend of wild west flavor fused with Lovecraftian overtones.

  • Star Wars: Most Wanted

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid if uninspired Star Wars adventure

  • By Joseph Born on 05-25-18

Startlingly Fresh Story That Adds Context, Clarity

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Rae Carson's precursor to the events of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" goes a long way in establishing not just the back story behind Han (Solo) and Qi'ra, but why the events that unfolded within the film itself are of such emotional heft and sway. This novel, set on Corellia before the film, provides a detailed look at the two characters in their roles as scrumrats and how each planted the seed to pursue their differing paths to glory and prosperity. The addition of a third character to this duo, the Rodian, is heartfelt and critical, adding to the sense of justice and measured sobriety of how cruel that big galaxy can be. It's a worthy addition to the canon and definitely recommended, particularly if you enjoyed the Solo film.

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  • The Impossible Fortress

  • By: Jason Rekulak
  • Narrated by: Griffin Newman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine. The year is 1987, and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys - Billy, Alf, and Clark - who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching story

  • By solomon d. on 05-31-17

Engaging and Entertaining Look at late 1980s Adolescence

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Jason Rekulak’s fictional memoir is engaging and entertaining, blending the right amount of nostalgia with a solidly paced story about a pair of 14-year-olds in the mid to late 1980s northern New Jersey. With a healthy dose of computer programming, nods to video games and teenage desire, he’s woven a deft tale of incandescent and exploratory first love crashing headfirst into the cold reality of real life.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Mighty Boosh

  • The Complete Radio Series
  • By: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
  • Narrated by: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Briliant !!!!

  • By Chuck on 12-22-05

Utterly Sublime, Unsettling and So Weirdly Funny

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is not for everyone, but that is okay. It can be thought provoking then laugh-aloud uproariously funny. Cannot recommend this one enough.

  • Last Shot

  • Star Wars
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,161

It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize - first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's a letdown and boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18

Crackingly Good Star Wars

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Daniel Jose Older took two of the Saga's best characters and did the impossible: Made them even better. Given it's time jumping threads, the story could have been a chaotic mess. Instead it flows nicely, offering new details and background on characters from the films and comics, as well as new ones, too. Engaging from beginning to end.

  • The Last Jedi

  • Star Wars
  • By: Jason Fry
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the film but still lacking

  • By I Kisala on 06-24-18

Helps Expand the Star Wars Universe Into a New Era

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

No mere adaptation, Fry's novel takes all the elements of the film and builds upon the cinematic exposition, adding more detail unseen in the film and firming up the Saga as a whole.

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