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  • The Vorrh

  • By: Brian Catling
  • Narrated by: Alan Corduner, Alan Moore
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Prepare to lose yourself in the heady, mythical expanse of the Vorrh. In B. Catling's twisting, poetic narrative, Bakelite robots lie broken - their hard shells cracked by human desire - and an inquisitive Cyclops waits for his keeper and guardian, growing in all directions. Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, the forest which sucks souls and wipes minds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Descriptive but Flawed

  • By Kristin on 14-09-2018

Descriptive but Flawed

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2018

Good Performance by the reader. The story itself is unsettling, with a sense use of descriptive language to enhance a creepy use of imagery. However, this book is presented through a heavy colonialist, often racist lense, that makes it deeply uncomfortable and difficult to enjoy. very few of the characters are likable or even relatable. I won't read the next one.

  • Heir of Fire

  • Throne of Glass, Book 3
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And so it goes

  • By Kristin on 02-06-2017

And so it goes

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

One thing I appreciated in this book is how deeply and debilitating grief and guilt can be. Mass is not afraid to show her protagonist as flawed and struggling in the pit of her despair. This makes her return to form all the more exhilarating and satisfying.

Here we get introduced to some great new characters and settings, who fit in well to the narrative. Even if some of them are a little predictable, each have an interesting twist to their characterization.

Again, it's clear Maas has planned a long game for this series, and it's good to see some of those threads come into play

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Shadows

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 349

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.... She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • such a good read! Compelling!

  • By Ingrid on 10-11-2016

The plot thickens

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Again, I admire Maas willingness to show that feelings and relationships are messy and complicated, and sometimes they do break down and cannot be fixed.

It's great to see Aelin coming into herself as a leader and a warrior, settling in to fight the good fight. Another great addition to this series.

  • The Honor of the Queen

  • Honor Harrington, Book 2
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spaceship battles!

  • By Kristin on 02-06-2017

Spaceship battles!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Again, mostly a good, rollicking sci-fi adventure with a kickass female protagonist. Howevet, the very backward and sexist society she must contend with (the the supposed justification) was a bit clumsy and heavy handed approach to gender politics.

The spaceship battles are very exciting though.

  • Fortune's Rising

  • Outer Bounds, Book 1
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Under the supertech Coalition government, Fortune's colonists are enslaved to harvest the highly valuable brain-enhancing drug Yolk, often losing their sanity and lives in the process. The population is dying off, and the planet is becoming a police state whose only purpose is to harvest Yolk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Busy and quick paced

  • By Kristin on 02-06-2017

Busy and quick paced

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

I really enjoyed this; each character was flawed and interesting and thrown together in a messy sprawl that suited the plot. The planet feels alien, and yet the society built on It feels very human. It also does not shy away from the horrors of colonialism, nor what it means to endure it.

At some points I felt impatient with characters, but that felt to be a result of how these narratives normally play out in media.

  • Remanence

  • Confluence, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney, Mark Linden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Defying NASA, Jane Holloway, the linguist of the Providence expedition, commandeers the alien ship that crew explored. She sets off to return that ship's navigator to his home world, determined to discover who was behind the genocide that destroyed his original crew. But when she gets there, she finds his world devastated by the same plague. The remaining members of his race, uniquely gifted at navigating the stars, are stranded across the galaxy. And someone doesn't want those lost navigators found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration

  • By Hugh on 04-08-2016

See review for previous book

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Great sci-fi, terrible romance plot. I won't be buying the third book as the two characters relationship was that painful to read. Which is a real shame, because the plot itself was interesting.

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing conclusion to a great duology

  • By Kristin on 18-03-2017

Amazing conclusion to a great duology

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2017

I have listened to this book series over and over. Crooked Kingdom managed to be even better than its predecessor, upping the ante with twists and turns right through to the finish. There was never a dull moment, and each new crazy scheme was better than the last.

Bardugo managed to give even more depth and character to her protagonists. Every new thing we learned added to their individual journies, and well as their complex and heartfelt relationships to each other. I cannot recommend this series more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many narrators

  • By kaapua on 18-10-2016

Best read of the year.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2017

Great characters, pacing, story, world; I was hooked. The team works so well off one another you can't help but be excited by whatever crazy gamble they take next. What is great fun is how common fantasy tropes, like magic and religion and culture, are taken and twisted in interesting ways.

Also, the cast are all wonderful with not a fault to be found. Seriously, hats off to every one of them.

  • Ancillary Mercy

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice. For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist - someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that's been hiding beyond the empire's reach for three thousand years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy conclusion to the series

  • By Rick on 18-12-2016

Words cannot describe

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

Reviewed: 31-12-2016

How much I love this book. Top quality sci-fi at its finest that had me at the edge of my seat. Power and privilege, grief and revenge wound up in identity and agency make this compelling and gut wrenching.

  • Ancillary Sword

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 2
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Breq - the soldier who used to be a spaceship - is serving the emperor she swore to destroy. She's been given her own warship, her own crew, and ordered to the only place in the galaxy she would have agreed to go: to Athoek Station, to protect the family of the lieutenant she murdered in cold blood. Athoek was annexed by the Empire some 600 years ago, and by now everyone is fully 'civilised'. Or should be - but everything is not as tranquil as it appears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as justice but still good

  • By A Partington on 06-08-2016

Words cannot describe

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2016

How much I love this book. Top quality sci-fi at its finest that had me at the edge of my seat. Power and privilege, grief and revenge wound up in identity and agency make this compelling and gut wrenching.