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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 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

This is the way the world ends...for the last time. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world, 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
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anonymous User on 26-07-2018

wow. bleak. characters of true strength

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2019

bleak and intense but draws you in and through the fascinating tale. powerful delving into the earth' s crust and mantle, the forging of diamonds and volcanoes, connects the reader more with our own earth. lastly , refreshingly untraditional stances on sexuality and power, we see women in charge, a main transgender character and fluid sexuality explorations. even in this choked up world, love is love.

  • The Kingdom of Copper

  • The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 23 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In Daevabad, where djinn can summon flames with a snap of their fingers, where rivers run deep with ancient magic, and blood can be as dangerous as any spell, a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom. Nahri’s life changed forever when she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad, she needed all of her grifter instincts to survive. Now, as Nahri embraces her heritage and her power, she must forge a new path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration.

  • By Brian M on 03-04-2019

good sequel

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

Reviewed: 23-03-2019

meets standards of first book with plot and characters deepening. excited for the 3rd book.

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 281

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all.

  • By Richard on 26-06-2018

unfortunately not as advertised.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2019

Unfortunately these books do not deliver. Being simplistic, stereotypical and superficial. A blue eyed & naive nun taps into her wild side? So uninventive.
It doesn't hold a candle to firefly, star wars or the other excellent examples of the sci fi genre. It can be a comfortingly easy listen at times, the general pace of story is good and plot lines improve slightly as you work your way through the books..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hod King

  • The Books of Babel, Book 3
  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

The third novel in the highly acclaimed Books of Babel series, set in a labyrinthine world of menace and wonder. On the orders of the mysterious Sphinx, Thomas Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower's conspiracies. Meanwhile, the hods climb the Black Trail in darkness and whisper of their king.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By phoebe on 28-01-2019

loved it

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

Reviewed: 28-01-2019

Enjoyed this book thoroughly. The first novel in this series took some getting used to and Tom's experience of the tower was so frustrating and futile it was painful to hear. But the action picked up eventually and with the added pathos and humour found in books 2 and 3, this has become a cherished series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpassed my expectations!

  • By Anonymous User on 29-07-2018

Fun & interesting insight into a different world

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2018

entertaining journey into the world of the mega rich. interesting depiction of certain cultural aspects.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • simple fun.

  • By phoebe on 03-10-2018

simple fun.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

stays true to the tone and standard of this series. good for some simple fun and entertainment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost in a Good Book

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • jolly good fun

  • By phoebe on 21-09-2018

jolly good fun

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2018

more whimsical plot developments and stranger flights of fancy. Sweet and entertaining. If only book jumping were real!

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

cute, fun and literary.

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2018

enjoyed the story. narrator has a pleasant voice but perhaps lacking in dynamics that would give the action scenes more life. very pleasant overall and a fun premise.

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • Wayfarers, Book 3
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat. Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened. Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not as good as the other 2

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-03-2019

Sweet. better than book 2

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2018

Better than book 2. Still not as good as book 1. Really hoping Chambers returns to the wayfarer crew next.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi for the thinker

  • By lavender on 05-10-2018

unfortunately not up to the first book

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

Still has the warm heart of the first novel which carries it through. Yet the story is far simpler and slower and not in the way you'd like. If you removed the sex talk it would be make a good book for pre-teen audiences. Rather than adults who can handle more complexity, maturity and finesse.