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  • Who Fears Death

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 768

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 11-15-10

Painfully beautiful

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

This story contains sadness and pain. There's no getting around that. Yet so many people face this in their lives, and discover ways to go on. The prose is captivating, and made me hold on and hang in there for every bit of experience. We all face adversity - but not all of us see the wonder of life, or possess the strength to grasp the essence of life.
Okorafor makes it a beautiful challenge.
The book gutted me, but I had to stay for the beauty of the language, and the hope she infused into every moment of her characters' lives.

  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,005

Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it even more so then the first!

  • By Pabkins on 03-29-15

Way to ride the Stereotypes!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

This had tons of potential: for character development, a chance to explore the development of solutions to problems set up in book 1, a chance to model better relationship skills.
NOPE. x3
Instead it became an irritating rehash of "insecure girl who is emotional - and unwilling to discuss why, jealous, and incapable of accepting praise."
And
"Logical, unemotional boy who is long-suffering with the even keel that keeps the relationship and story moving"

And on top of all that, the girl was made the gatekeeper for all physical aspects of the relationship.

They went some places and did some stuff, but that got buried under these choking stereotypes. The narration was just as good - but I have no interest in following this pair through any more adventures.

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  • The Dragons of Dorcastle

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,925

The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda.

  • By Katie on 12-05-14

Pretty darn good!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-15

Interesting story - frustrating ending (of course that means I have to go straight into the next book!)
Nifty story, intriguing hints of a fascinating past, bad doings in the present - all presented in a way that hooked me.
But the use of the characters' ignorance to get me thinking about assumptions we make in our world was interesting and effective.
I also appreciated the illustration of political games in organizations and how hard it is to show up with a new point of view. These are pretty patient characters for their age - I look forward to their further adventures!

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,750
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,977
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,996

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

A little too intrepid

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

The narrator - overall did a pretty good job of differentiating characters - though his British accent is rubbishy. Overall not bad, very listenable.

The story in the other hand. Oof. It was painful. How many ridiculous death defying escapes must you include? And please don't write any more sex scenes. It was super not necessary for the story, and Ayn Rand level bad.

All in all this is a mildly interesting "conspiracy theory" plot surrounded by tropes, cliches, some decent science, some terrible associations and incorrect usage. (If you are safe from something you are UPWIND! If you are hot you were DOWNWIND! Gah! Had to get that off my chest.)

Will Not be continuing the series.