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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,512

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Bro Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Not interested in finishing. I chose it from the awards page. I suspect they may have bought the accolades.

  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,421

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Every character is the same

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Any additional comments?

Every character in this books had the exact same personality. They were all uncommunicative, surely, suspicious, evasive, uncooperative, unfriendly, loners. Book one was interesting but it went downhill after that. The author had an interesting premise but wrote a bad story about it. I might return this title.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,024
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,971

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

George Lucas syndrome?

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

For years I've been saying that Brandon Sanderson was my favorite author. What happened here? So many characters. So many story lines. It was a mess. In the introduction, Sanderson thanks his test readers. They failed him completely. It reminded me of how bad Star Wars got when there was nobody telling George Lucas that some of his ideas were just bad. Or maybe he just stopped listening to the dissenters.

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By C. Bolliger on 11-19-12

Clownish Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Please re-record this book, the narration is bad. Why would the older people in the book talk like crazy gold prospectors?

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  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy.

  • By Lore on 08-04-13

Gave up 5 hours from the end

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Early on you find yourself rooting for the protagonists, but the characters are all so un-redeamable that after a few hours you don't care what happens to them. This seems to violence and bad behavior for the sake of violence and bad behavior. What drove the author to write this book? What a sociopath!

The narrator was actually pretty good except for one huge flaw. He reads too slowly. It is only tolerable if you have an ipod with a faster playback setting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

  • The Untold History of English
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,546

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for casual linguists

  • By Anderson on 01-11-10

Who is this writen for?

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue to be better than the print version?

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. I would have given it five stars except the author is a bit schizophrenic about who his audience is. He switches from writing to the "lay" reader, like myself, and to other linguists, addressing conflicts that the lay reader would have very little interest in.

  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,511

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, light read

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-27-12

Why such short books?

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

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

I enjoyed the story, but there is no reason this series should break where it did, except the desire to sell more books. I refuse to reward such bad behavior. If they ever sell two books for the price of one (making one normal sized book) I might give it another try.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow's Edge

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,405

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was good. Not great, but good. A bit slow.

  • By Ryan Gauvin on 05-14-16

Not worth continuing

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

Reviewed: 12-08-12

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

If you are sensitive to improbable actions on the part of the characters, this book will bug you. If you are sensitive to a reader that manages to make one syllable into two syllable words, the narrator will bug you.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brent Weeks again?

Possibly.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

No.

What character would you cut from Shadow's Edge?

Alene

Any additional comments?

The first book ended with things in such a mess that I felt compelled to continue, but after listening to the first part of the second audiobook, I decided it wasn't worth my time to see how it ended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful