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  • Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home

  • By: Toko-pa Turner
  • Narrated by: Toko-pa Turner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Feel like you don’t belong? You’re not alone. The world has never been more connected, yet people are lonelier than ever. Whether we feel unworthy, alienated, or anxious about our place in the world, the absence of belonging is the great silent wound of our times. Most people think of belonging as a mythical place, and they spend a lifetime searching for it in vain. But what if belonging isn’t a place at all? What if it’s a skill that has been lost or forgotten? With her signature depth and eloquence, Toko-pa maps a path to belonging from the inside out. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will always remain downloaded on my device

  • By PattyQB on 09-15-18

For the soul

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

A powerful voice of the feminine, nurturing and healing! For some reason there was audio jumping back and forth here and there (especially in the middle book, sadly I didn't take note when... :/), perhaps it could be fixed?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,446

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Unoriginal yet captivating

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

The story is like it says on the cover: Ender, Catniss and now Darrow. We've seen this before and many elements are totally unoriginal. Technology in this 'teen sci-fi' is not very thought out. Yet the story is emotionally inspiring and the performance is brilliant.

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,368

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing yet demanding high epic

  • By Adnan on 11-20-12

For those who yearn the MAXIMUM

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Before listening to the Gardens of the Moon I read some reviews and found many people who said it is a confusing book and one review tried to pin down the feeling of the story not explaining things that happened. I'd like to clarify that thought a bit to myself and others wondering if they should spend the copper.

As the first book of this 10 book series, Steven Erikson clearly has the big picture in mind when he starts with the Gardens of the Moon. A vast world with history and geography, magic and extra-planar entities, gods and demons and inhuman races that have lived or unlived hundreds of thousands of years. Now, there's nothing wrong with imagination but when he starts cascading all his ideas to the poor reader (listener) like s/he already knows the authors mind the result is boggling.

Mind you, I haven't read the other books in this series and I won't be, so I don't know how things will be there. The reason for not continuing is simply the simple deus ex machina that this book relies upon all the time. What do I mean? The world Erikson envisions seems to consist mostly of humans that war among themselves and die by the thousands. Some of those humans (mainly the named characters) are somehow so far above the rest with their physical skills and abilities that they seem completely inhuman. But even they are no match to the mages, who seem to be godlike in their destructive and healing powers (more about magic later). Then of course there are even stronger mages who (only Erikson knows why) are even more destructive. But even the strongest mages are no match for 300000 year old undead warriors with magic deadening abilities. Then suddenly comes a 300000 year old mage that is way more stronger than the other 300k year old warrior etc. Throw in the gods and demi-gods and other mythic creatures and you have an endlessly escalating power struggle that reminds me awfully lot of Dragonball Z type of never-ending fighting. Supreme beings of power that could enslave continents and destroy cities on a whim fight against each other (and acchieve surprisingly little) and all the while Erikson just conjures even stronger entities. And this is just the first book.

Humanity is left far behind and so are the things to connect to. Characters are left thin and hollow in a world like this and nothing is explained or even tried to. Powers like magic feels far-fetched and arbitrary. I am a big fan of magic and what it might be, how it could be. It is the most interesting thing for me in fantasy literature because I think theories of magic usually have a grounding in human experience and might tell us of ways to understand and see the world around us with senses we normally don't pay attention to. Erikson takes the idea of magic so far away in his imagination that it has no feel of magic, just wild ideas without substance. Actually, that is how I feel about the whole book: Wild ideas without substance.

If you are into megahero things, stories big enough to drown in and interested in big, epic events you might find this book good. Also it might be that the books get better after the first, but I've had enough of supercreatures fighting wars that last hundreds of thousands of years and rather go for a book with something I can connect with and explore my experience of being a human.

PS. reading performance was very good!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant read

  • By Raphael on 11-07-12

Western fantasy - Unforgettable adventure

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Whoa, yippiaiyee! At first I wasn't sure if Joe had taken a good turn going this way West with the series. Then I forgot about thinking and could only listen, spellbound as the miles went by and the prairies changed little, like humanity in these series.

Joe Abercrombie tackles the big questions of life with little everyday situations and very human characters. One of the best book series I've read/listened, definitely! Thank you!

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,982

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Neil Gaiman nails it

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Neil is a superb narrator with clear pronunciation, distinct voices for different characters and the breath of life in him. The age-old mysteries and myths spring to life in his retelling.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,650

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

A happy story from Martin

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

First I was afraid of the narrators voice but soon I realized he is brilliant! The story itself is a sunny walk in Westeros.

  • Move Your DNA

  • Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement
  • By: Katy Bowman
  • Narrated by: Katy Bowman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement - right down to the cellular level. It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter-gatherer's life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How To Get The PDF

  • By Z on 05-04-17

exceptional and daring

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

This book is something I have been looking for a long time! As an ex-gymnast and circus artist who has broken down his body by misuse I have been looking for the correct way to use my body as a human being and Katy's book nails it. There's no strict programs for balanced body, far from it! This book is a must for those who wish to understand their bodies and acchieve a healthy temple to inhabit.

PS. there comes a pdf with the book with all the pictures. You can find it from the audible website: log in, check your library and click the PDF under move your DNA.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 62,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,110

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

So far so good!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

So far the story is enthralling and Roy is doing awesome with the voice acting! I am happy to notice that the books are way better than the series.

  • The Fall of the Kings

  • By: Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordspoint is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself - and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scholars with Teeth (and Tongues and Lips)

  • By Dave on 10-01-13

surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Very pleasurable listen while working. Light enough to do other things at the same time and at the same time captivating!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

Slow yet enticing

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

I started listening this book more than a year ago and grew bored of it after some hours, the book sounding like a list of uninteresting nobles and their relationships.

I picked it up again last week and couldn't stop listening. Suddenly the world in the book was very alive and interesting.

I would recommend this one for people with the patience to dive into the world and let Ellen Kushner take care of the rest.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful