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  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • Written by: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you really can't judge a book by its cover

  • By John on 2017-10-21

Good, but a bit depressing and slow to start

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-21

The first 3 chapters were so slow I almost gave up on the book. Then it picked up and was quite interesting.
Overall a good book, but the bitterness and senseless cruelty of those around the protagonist make it quite depressing to listen to.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The dialog is unbelievable and cringe worthy

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-03-15

The dialog is unbelievable and cringe worthy

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-15

The story is set in current times or perhaps near future in Chicago. As such you would expect characters to speak or act like we do.
However the dialog is written in a very unrealistic and unbelieble manner. Destroys the suspension of disbelief.
It became very hard to listen to, as characters had unreasonable reactions and unrealistic conversations. Had to stop part way through.
Very disappointing since I'm a big fan of Brandon Sanderson. Listened to most of his fantasy books, but seems like he's got a long way to go before writing a good SciFi novel.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read/listen to the entire series

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-19

So much repitition

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-12

Concepts are repeated several times in each chapter. Needs a good editor to review it before its shipped.
Overrall it has gotten better in terms of more releastic outcomes, narration from multiple sources and some genuinely funny moments.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and lacking any dramatic tension

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-29

Repetitive and lacking any dramatic tension

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-29

After gaining access to the advanced Ai, no problem seems challenging. So there's never any real possibility of failure. In fact they have the happiest of endings.
The book also keeps repeating itself. E.g: it mentions that special forces soldiers are amazing and get bored easily several times, other simple concepts are repeated several times in chapters.

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  • The Science of Growth

  • How Facebook Beat Friendster - and How Nine Other Startups Left the Rest in the Dust
  • Written by: Sean Ammirati, Richard Florida - foreword
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The lean entrepreneurship movement has captivated Silicon Valley and entrepreneurs across the country. It provided an agile framework to develop the right product solution for a given target market and is now used by almost every fledgling company to do just that. The next challenge is growth - to achieve the financial returns and, more importantly, the impact they dreamed of when starting off on their adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful and insightful

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-28

Useful and insightful

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-28

Contrasts similar companies and a few different industries, going over the details of their most successful growth strategy.
It also offers great principles to use your own company to create a great product or scale.
Highly recommend for founders

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • Written by: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointing to be honest (until Ch.11)

  • By Natasha on 2017-11-09

Great, but half of it was unnecessary

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-31

Great first half. Second half goes into weird tanjent which should have been omitted. The appendix at the end is quite useful, so do listen to it.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 647

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING.

  • By Nicole on 2017-12-16

Much better than first book

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-07

The first one was pretty good, but this one is clearly better written, better paced and the story is more nuanced.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 875

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Near Impossible to Put Down!

  • By Nicole on 2017-11-02

Great, if a bit too long

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-30

Interesting story, hints at greater things to come and great character progression. It's also not completely predictable.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • Written by: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indulge

  • By Stephen Maloney on 2017-10-26

Not recommend

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-08

Too long and slow. Characters do not grow over the length of journey but rather suddenly without any reason start having tremendous powers.
The main cast all end up with some special ability, even though in the lore of the world those abilities are super rare...

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