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  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and engrossing

  • By Billie on 20-05-2015

Excellent story and narration - really engaging

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2017

A brilliant story and a very engaging narration. The world that Sanderson has built is very intriguing and the characters have a significant amount of depth and growth.

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Name Of The Wind meets The Maze Runner

  • By Daniel on 31-08-2017

Great story - awesome world and magic system

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2017

What made the experience of listening to Sufficiently Advanced Magic the most enjoyable?

The story was really engaging and exploring the world and the various attuements and powers was very interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sufficiently Advanced Magic?

The ending was great. I especially loved the twist at the end with Kerris Salarian

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

The pace of speech and tempo were great. His narration of Corrin was overall really great.

Any additional comments?

Nick Podehl's narration of female characters was honestly a little annoying. Except for Sera, most of the female leads had a grating irish accent for some reason - did not enjoy it after a while.

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  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

  • By Michael on 17-06-2016

wow! what a fantastic book.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-2016

i would highly recommend this listen to anyone that has even a little bit of interest in this larger than life character of Elon Musk. The author has done some excellent research and so many interviews with so many people to create this thorough novel.
I can say that the story of Musks companies, his adventures and his vision for the future have blown me away. i finished this book with a real sense that Elon Musk will go down in history as perhaps one of the most influential and impactful figures. on a final note the narrator did a wonderful job and keeps you well engaged.