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  • Snapshot

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Snappy Sci-fi!

  • By Simon on 18-02-17

I wish it were longer

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

Reviewed: 16-03-17

A good yarn (if a little on the short side). It would have been interesting to discover what was creating the Snapshots, as it hinted at but not fully explained.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intro....not much more

  • By Robyn on 29-11-16

Prequels...meh

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

If like me, this is your first St. Mary's book, I don't recommend this, I'm sure I would have liked it more had I had some context from the other books, but since I don't, I feel there were many references, that I just didn't get. I'm sure it's a fine book, but do yourself a favour and don't start with this one.

I firm believe that authors shouldn't be allowed under any circumstance to read their own books (I'll let Neil Gaiman be the exception to the rule), and this is definitely no exception. There is nothing overly wrong with the performance, but it lacks character that other readers bring to the table, and it can be difficult to follow who is speaking as the author (wisely) doesn't attempt to voice act it properly (which is something only professional actors should attempt)

  • A New Day

  • StrikeForce, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Vanderlinden
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Jolene Faraday is the girl next door, the type of woman who will babysit your kids or lend you 20 bucks when you get into a bind. She takes care of her mother, works her way through college, and even escorts her elderly friend to church. But no one knows the other side of her story.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I did not enjoy this book at all

  • By Alex on 11-02-17

I did not enjoy this book at all

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This is so far the only book I've ever refunded, and I have hundreds of titles in my library, I really found it that bad.

The world building and exposition is generally poorly thought out; there was an event which gave a few people superpower, but it's not widely known that it also gave a lot of people very minor abilities, yet the main character is genuinely shocked to discover this. In our world, when a piece of toast gets a weird burn mark shaped like someone famous it makes the news, how is it that people getting powers somehow didn't get reported all over the news?

The characters act a little like marionettes, in that they have no internal self consistency, they just do whatever the author needs them to do.
The characters often act in extremely illogical ways, for instance one character has the ability to control electronics, and uses his powers to rob banks, yet he has another of his team break open a vault BEFORE he decides to use his power and disable the systems, and no it's not some Machiavellian plan to incriminate his fellows, or an attempt to garner infamy.

The main protagonist is afflicted with the "I'm always right" syndrome, which wouldn't necessarily be a problem, if it was just a case that she thought she was always right; no, whatever snap judgements she comes to are always correct, and no this isn't her superpower.

All in all, I found this to be a terrible book.

  • 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 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, clunky writing

  • By Dr H. Teph on 21-08-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

What made the experience of listening to Super Powereds: Year 1 the most enjoyable?

The characters (I am particularly fond of Nick), they all have their own distinct personalities, the only issue (for me) is the sheer number of them, it can be a little tricky to keep track of who can do what.

What other book might you compare Super Powereds: Year 1 to, and why?

There are some obvious parallels between this and the Harry Potter series, both are about young people learning to master special abilities, although the character in Super Powered are much older and tend to swear more, and be more concerned with adult activities, such as sex and alcohol.

What aspect of Kyle McCarley’s performance might you have changed?

Kyle generally does a good job, however the sheer number of characters forces him to reuse a couple of voices, which can get a little confusing, particularly when he reuses a very distinctive voice.

Any additional comments?

It's well worth a read, and as the series progresses the writing style improves.

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  • The Rules of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1
  • By: C.T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well it made me laugh

  • By nicole on 24-10-15

A wild, but sometimes confusing romp

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

Reviewed: 15-06-16

What made the experience of listening to The Rules of Supervillainy the most enjoyable?

Jeffery Kafer does a really good job of performing a snarky super villain.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The world is a bit confusing, at times I didn't know what to make of it, supers (both good and bad) seem to run roughshod over national government. At times there are floods of exposition, and then things are causally tossed in and then not mentioned again (such as Atlantis).
Gary Karkofsky (aka Merciless) is a very odd character, at times he is extremely moral (he is outraged when some anti-heroes cause collateral damage to get to him), but feels no remorse when he casually murders someone who gets in his way; he hates authority and has somewhat anarchist/socialist view points, but at the same time wants to rule the world and get rich, the character doesn't seem to make a lot of sense (at least to me)

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No one scene particularly stood out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was decent enough that I could have done, had my schedule allowed for it.

Any additional comments?

Other books have covered the same ground, and done so better (D-list supervillain series, for example), but it not a terrible book by any stretch of the imagination.

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