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  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,692
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,671

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Sooooooo good

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

The perfect ending to the best in the genre; I just hope fans can convince Mr Hayes to continue writing in this universe!

  • Six Wakes

  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 730

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story and characters

  • By Blaise Freeman on 02-26-17

This is epic level awesome

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Give them book of the year, or hold a 7th wake for integrity in publishing

  • An Echo of Things to Come Part 3

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mmmmmmmmmmmm..... Wow!

  • By Francois Babeuf on 09-20-17

Mmmmmmmmmmmm..... Wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

I hope I'm not in the minority, but I both agreed with those who loved the first book, and think that this surpasses that effort.

  • Boswell's London Journal

  • By: James Boswell
  • Narrated by: Anthony Quayle
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In 1762 James Boswell, then 22 years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in 18th-century London.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Myriad Problems immediately recognized

  • By Francois Babeuf on 12-30-16

Myriad Problems immediately recognized

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

The titular problems are objectively, memetically disqualifying by their very existence. BOSWELL was famous enough for these journals to be examined. He became famous because of his meticulously detailed Life of Johnson, and these journals are of similar literary significance. The two year period of my paper Boswells London Journal was dense, long, and had several narrative digressions (his attempts to purchase a military commission as an officer, the underlying fact that his Scottishness made him overcompensate esp relating to his tyrant, the 8th Laird and his father, his daliences and use of odd prophylaxis,

HOW COULD EVEN AN ABRIDGED VERSION WORTHY OF THE NAME BE LESS THAN 8 HOURS LET ALONE 56 MINUTES. I PURCHASED JUST TO HEAR HOW MUCH THEYD RUIN MY FAVORITE THING

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  • Super Powereds: Year 3

  • Super Powereds, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 41 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,682
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,667

Junior year has come for the remaining students of Melbrook Hall, and it promises to be the most difficult one yet. With one of their own gone and another under serious investigation, none of the former Powereds know how many days remain for them in the Hero Certification Program. The time they do have will be filled with more trials and classes, honing their skills as they work toward the increasingly difficult goal of becoming Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drew Hayes Has Created An Absolute Masterpiece!

  • By matt on 08-30-16

Give me every bit of these in bags w/drawstrings

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

OK, Drew Hayes Is only equalled by Brandon Sanderson. From Years 1, which I bought on a park and was absolutely flabbergasted by by the third chapter, forward I've purchased and eagerly awaited.

Other than to beg you to read these novels, the only things I've to say is, now that Year 3 FINALLY is out, fans might want to reevaluate when they read Corpies (a side project which, much to my consternation at the time, was released between Years 2 and 3), reading order wise. Without spoiling anything, I'd say the timeline suggests it'd be more helpful to read Corpies (which is essential, btw, because, again, Hayes is like Sanderson in apparently being unable to write a bad novel) between 2 and 3, though certainly not after 3. Just a heads up. Amazing, wonderful, essential... Keep the book lengths this long, Mr Hayes. This rivals Stormlight Archives in my mind and, I'd bet dollars to nickels, many Fantasy fans.

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  • Cephrael's Hand

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start to a new series

  • By Michael Harbison on 09-08-16

The comparisons are quite apt

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

I would point to the authors philosophical background and narrative ease to counterpoint Robert Jordan (military) and Brandon Sanderson (jack of all) the two authors most commonly attributed analogues. Please leave reviews so books 2 and 3 will more quickly be released.

  • The Gone-Away World

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i am a worm genetiscist.

  • By Annette on 03-21-10

So effing good..

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

I just wanted to say to the unwary reader that you, like me, should punch through the "twist" that occurs. I got this on the advise of a friend so didn't know anything about it, but after it occurred I heard it caused some readers to throw their books at the wall or, since this is audible, to hit stop the hook and move on.

I am here to implore you not to hit stop and move on, since I was well past said point in the book and, with the gift granted by hindsight, I saw that it wasn't a twist at all, and that it was needed, and without it, the book wouldn't make sense. That said, I would say you need to be at least 45 minutes past "twist" before you should allow yourself to pass judgement.

Affer all, there simply can't be an M Night Shyamalan moment. This is literature disguised as an entertainment, not the other way around.

  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,986
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,968

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite stories

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

So much better than it should be

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

This series should be predictable, derivative and, at best, an entertainment. What it actually is, I posit to you, is nothing short of revelatory.

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  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,255

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Godspeed! You Surprisingly Great Writer

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I'll admit it at the start: I expected to, and almost looked forward to, hating this book. It had too many positive reviews and came out too recently for my cynic mind to believe anything other than a PR based wunderkind review situation... out of respect for religious concerns I obviously don't refer to Scientologists and Battlefield Earth, but, f**k you, books are important to me, so f**k yeah, I refer and condemn in the worst possible terms Scientologists and their infernal PR based positive reviews for Battlefield Earth.

Anyway, the people who briefly gushed about this recent release were neither bots nor coming from anything other than an honest position of appreciation... Now that I know that these books were already out as physical/Kindle releases, their brief descriptions make more sense.

This book is good, effing good, and I am only upset they decided to release "Corpies, " from the same universe, before Year Two (coming out in July, for those that might actually be reading this), and even that I must grudgingly defer to the marketing people before attacking... Though I'm only saying that because I somehow managed to ingore the atrocious book cover AND am presently listening to Corpies so I know it is really effing good as well. Still, "Year Two and forward should have been released simultaneously" says my jaded by Netflix/Audible binging modern mind. The fact I know I'm being unreasonable doesn't change the fact that I NEED to know what happens after the events in this book.

  • Lord of Emperors

  • Book Two of the Sarantine Mosaic
  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Berny Clark
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Crispin the mosaicist wants to concentrate on his art. Rustem of Kerakek, a physician, is also on his own journey of self-discovery. But no man may withdraw from society that easily, and both men soon find themselves drawn into the deadly webs of Sarantium. Lord of Emperors is the sequel to Sailing to Sarantium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mosaic - part 2

  • By Eivind on 07-26-12

Standard Guy Gavriel Kay Fair

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

If you wish to find a more moving, thought provoking or outright human experience, you can find it in one of the other books written by Kay. At the moment, though, with an unshed tear in my eye, I would suggest this one.

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