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  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,117

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Mediocre story for the entire series

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I only read this series as Hugo Finalists. Most of the stories I read are better, I was able to finish reading all of these stories; noteworthy as ocassionally I find stories both among Hugo finalists and in normal reading which contain things which totally break me out from the narrative into my “this doesn’t work at all” mode which starts me into analyzing what’s wrong. There were a couple points in which being a geologist forced me to question why behaviors could be considered possibleNone of the books stood out as being particularly good or bad overall. The second book in this series definitely is the best story of the 3. I did not find the science or science fiction aspect of these stories to be compelling

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

  • By Linda on 01-26-15

Pyroclastic not propolactic don’t know if it’s bad writing bad editing or horrible mispronunciation but fix this now

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Overall this is a good story but that one error detracts seriously from both the story and its coherent structure

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,013

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Good story, bizarre use of temperature and distance units.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This is a good story, however, the entire story takes place in locations that both now and at the time it is set use the metric system only. For almost every time a measurement was listed I had to pause part of a second to translate back to metric units for it to make sense. These changes simply were an annoying unnecessary distraction from the story.
It is decades past the time when anybody should feel the need to convert units for a people most of whom metric units in some measure on a daily basis. When one argues with the rest of the world one is usually wrong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,128

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

a genuine waste of my time and money.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I found the plot to be as uninteresting as the characters. this is probably the worst book in my library

  • Nest

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,406

Kate Bishop is in a world of trouble. In the wake of several inexplicable and brutal murders, Kate is thrust into a police inquiry that reveals shocking family secrets. Suddenly exposed to a shadowy network of global evil, her life takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of Jack Raines, an author with a mysterious past who says he has the answers to her questions. What's more, he suggests that Kate herself might be the solution.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By AC Ward on 02-14-17

excellent story,

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

although the story is quite different from the usual Terry Goodkind. Its also among the best reads I’ve encountered in the past couple years. I view this as a must read. To me this is firmly a Science Fiction story, and, in fact, one of a small group of exceptional stories. I plan to read other stories in this setting if Terry finds a similarly compelling plot.

  • The Elvenbane

  • By: Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it, but there is no conclusion to series.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-12

Long introduction but works well overall

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

The introduction was long enough that I began to wonder if the story would hold my interest. It grabbed my interest and held it. I plan to read the rest of this series over the next couple months,

  • March Upcountry

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 GREAT WRITERS 1 FANTASTIC STORY

  • By Randall on 08-26-18

Great story but it Needs editing fixing

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

I like the story. Repeated text was an unnecessary jarring addition. Edit only to fix this and bring it to 5 stars.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,390

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

This sequel is better than book one.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I enjoyed the story and, I believe it stands on its own better than most sequels.

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

  • By: Kij Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kij Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Sci Fi

  • By Tal on 10-05-17

Uncertain pronunciations mar the story's reading.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

I enjoyed the story itself but found pronunciations and descriptions of some rock types at odds with them as I grew up with.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Wolves of Boston

  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Ian Alan Carlsen, Corey Gagne, J. Paul Guimont, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He has rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last 300 years - each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One heck of a fun book

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 04-15-17

Neat, well developed fantasy story.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

I enjoyed how the story progresses to build the universe and characters into a unified whole. I like both the characters and the setting. I enjoy having multiple readers to cover male and female characters separately. The "Boston" accent for those characters is believelable, at least to my sub-arctic self. I am looking forward to other books set in this universe.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful