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Katherine

Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States Member Since 2009

I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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  • "Really pleasant"

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    Zoe Ardelay and her father, once the king???s closest advisor, have been in exile for ten years. After her father dies, the king???s new advisor, Darien Serlast, shows up in Zoe???s village to escort her back to court because she???s been chosen to be the king???s fifth wife. At first Zoe is numb with grief and shock, but by the time they reach the capital city her ???water??? personality asserts itself and she begins to flow around the obstacles in her way ??? obstacles such as Darien himself, a man of ???wood??? who???s strong, stubborn, and immovable.

    Filled with vivid characters, beautiful scenery, sweet friendships, surprising destinies, political intrigue, mystery, a slow satisfying romance, and an interesting take on personality types, Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn is a book that just feels good. I listened to the audio version produced by Audible Frontiers and read by Jennifer Van Dyck. It was 14 hours long, but I enjoyed it so much that I finished it over a weekend, which kind of annoyed my family. I even considered trying to extract myself from a couple of social engagements so I could spend time with Zoe instead.

    Troubled Waters is definitely a romance ??? and some of the verbal sparring felt a bit contrived, as if set up just to create that tension ??? yet mostly the romance brews in the background as Zoe navigates her way through her changed world. Some readers won???t believe in the romance, and others might feel that things work out too easily for Zoe, but I enjoyed this low-stress novel. It features a strong and likable heroine, a love-interest who???s my kind of guy, a diverse supporting cast, a leisurely pace, and it focuses on a variety of human relationships. It is likely to appeal mostly to women.

    Troubled Waters can be read as a satisfying stand-alone story, but there may be more books to come. If so, I???ll definitely be picking them up. Meanwhile, I???ll be trying out some more novels by Sharon Shinn.

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    Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

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    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
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    Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.

    Katherine says: "Really pleasant"
  • "Immediately caught my eye"

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    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell offering linked fantasy novellas that take place in a shared world? Bacigalupi's story read by Jonathan Davis? What could be more promising? (It turns out that had I been familiar with Katherine Kellgren, who read Buckell's story, I would have been even more excited about this one!)

    In this shared world, the use of magic causes the growth of bramble, a fast-growing, pervasive, and deadly plant that has taken over cities, making them uninhabitable. Crews of workers must fight back the bramble daily, burning it and collecting its seeds. Magic is forbidden and those who are found using it are executed, yet some citizens are willing to risk their lives if a bit of magic might help them. Who cares if a patch of bramble sprouts in a stranger's garden if a magic spell might heal their only child?

    The Alchemist is about a metal and glass worker who has given up all of his riches and is building an instrument which he hopes will destroy the bramble, restore his fortune, and give him the license to use magic to cure his daughter's wasting cough. When he presents his invention to the city government, things start to go wrong.

    I liked Bacigalupi's characters ??? the focused scientist who's so task-oriented that he misses important social cues and the strong woman whose support is crucial but mostly goes unnoticed ??? and I enjoyed the laboratory setting because it reminded me of my own frustrating days at "the bench." It was intriguing to explore the idea that small and secret lawbreaking, even for a good cause, can accumulate to destroy a nation or, as one of Bacigalupi's characters says: "If we grant individual mercies, we commit collective suicide." That got me thinking of all sorts of current political, economic, and social parallels.

    With The Executioness, Tobias Buckell becomes the hero of middle-aged mothers everywhere.

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    The Alchemist and the Executioness

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    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
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    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Ryan says: "Not What I Expected..."
  • "Best plotless book ever."

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    Gene Wolfe???s The Sword of the Lictor essentially contains no plot, but it???s the best plotless book I???ve ever read. It???s one of the best books I???ve ever read, period. I loved every moment of it! This third installment of The Book of the New Sun continues Severian???s journey from apprentice in the torturers??? guild to Autarch. He doesn???t seem to be getting any closer to his exalted position (if anything, I???d say farther) and we???re no closer to understanding how he???s going to get there. But that???s totally fine. Unburdened by a need to be anywhere or to achieve any goals or deadlines, Severian wanders the earth almost aimlessly, and it???s this wandering that???s so fascinating. For a reader who???s only anxious for action and story progression, The Sword of the Lictor is not likely to work and, indeed, I usually get annoyed with authors who take too long to tell their stories. However, when I???m reading Gene Wolfe, it not only works ??? it is pure delight. For Wolfe???s old earth, set in a far future when the sun is dying (similar to Jack Vance???s Dying Earth), is full of wonder and amazement and he tells us all about it in his simple but elegant style... I wish I could be there with Severian as he climbs down the steep cliff overhung with a waterfall and embedded with the fossils of earth???s lost architecture, and explores the round metal building that we recognize (but he doesn???t) as a spaceship??? I???d love to tell you more and to discuss what it all means (there???s so much symbolism here), but then you???d miss the jaw-dropping, eye-widening, brain-expanding experience for yourself. I???ll just say that what Severian experiences on his journey perfectly captures the essence of excellent speculative fiction ??? it???s the reason I love SFF.
    Nobody creates such a sense of wonder and amazement, such truly unique and bizarre ideas, and relates them in such a beautiful way as Gene Wolfe does. I want to spend a lot more time exploring his world.

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    The Sword of the Lictor: The Book of the New Sun, Book 3

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    • By Gene Wolfe
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    The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Shone brilliant @ times, but muted in the middle"
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  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    "A great start"

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    This book is amazing.. i love it... i have never read such a long book. and i have never read a book in the beginning of a long list of books... it has a good feeling of waiting and waiting for the next book. but at the same time i have to wait wait and wait, and then wait some more.
    I loved the number of characters. how you feel that there is some kind of connection between them and not and the same time... the way the story goes and how everything is balanced somehow between the characters.

    I have never read such a fantasy book before. and i love how a whole new world is available. and how you can feel sometimes that it is real from the way Sanderson explains and describes this new world.

    i am not a book reviewer or something like that. so i can't say its well written or blablabla... AMAZING AND FANTASTIC is good enough...

    highly recommended.... hope you will love this book too.

    Got to go now... have to read it again. :)

  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    "Fantastic Ending!!!!"

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    In this Volume there is 2 books, the first book was amazing and too many changes, and the last book was a fantastic finishing to a fantastic series.. Honestly I was shocked with its ending and loved it.

    I can't give a detailed review as others can for this series, but honestly in my opinion it had a good start and it had a great finish..

  • Midnight Blue-Light Special: InCryptid, Book 2

    "Better than the first book"

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    The story was much better than the first book, narration was good as well, and I liked this bok way much more than the first one. You get to know the Price family more here and what enemies they have, and Verity shows how strong and smart she is.

    If you liked the first one, you will like this one even more.

  • Promise of Blood

    "First it was weird, but then AWESOME!!"

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    At first when I started this book, I was thinking its going to be awesome because it was a recommendation from the great author Brandon Sanderson, as Brian McClellan was a student of his. But after a chapter or two, it had a bit of confusion in it. I have assumed that the detective is the lead character at first, then I got a bit lost with the names of some of the characters.

    That was the down side, the plus side was is plenty: story was good, specially towards the end of the book. A great ending which lets you think what the hell is going to happen in the next book. some funny twists here and there. Narration was good Christian did a good job with the characters, although it could have been better.

    What I recommend is after you listen to it the first time, to give it another listen so you would understand everything that is going on, specially the beginning.

    Waiting for the next book to come, don't be late.

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crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-24-13 Member Since 2007

I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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  • "Sometimes justice requires violent ..."

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    Extreme vigilante justice plus flawed characters plus violence and depravity = this book. This is not a bad thing either... if you've read others in this series, this book has the same 'tone' and the same lack of moralizing, even when you might want some morals to reorient yourself from the depravity. Bravo Mr. Abercrombie for writing such a dark fantasy with flawed characters we can actually care about. That, I think, is the biggest catch here - the characters are horrible people, but we still care what happens to them... odd.

    My only complaint would be that it is so long. I prefer to be able to finish a novel in a timely manner, but there is a LOT of story here. The story is pretty straightforward: main character seeking revenge. But there are 7 people with whom she needs to get revenge. And each of the 7 get their own story - complete with setup, conflict and resolution - then the next person is sought out and revenge is obtained. So it flows like 7 novellas, plus an overarching setup and resolution. I might have preferred to have, say, 5 people on which to seek revenge - I am not sure what the additional victims brought to the table (i.e. once you see revenge taken on 5 people, what does adding 2 more give you? Not *more* satisfaction, just... more violence, and perhaps a different way of killing someone - and a super long novel.)

    You probably don't have to read the earlier books in this 'series' since this one really does stand alone. And if you have read, and liked, the others, you should like this one about the same amount... other than the fact that it is a bit (100 pages or so) too long for its content, which slows down the pace of the story. The ending is nicely resolved and we find out what happens to all the main characters... there is no cliff hanger.

    It is full of foul language, graphic violence and there is even some detailed sex to fill out the gambit. I have bought the next one in the series. The narration is excellent.

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    Best Served Cold

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    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."

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    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 (






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    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

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    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.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
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    The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






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    The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
  • 4.8 (168 ratings)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2: The Ring Goes East (






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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2: The Ring Goes East

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    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Siri says: "Sam"
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard

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    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Catherine says: "third book of the series"
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  • 4.7 (150 ratings)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2: The End of the Third Age (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2: The End of the Third Age

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    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Penny says: "Expertly Read"
  • 4.8 (45 ratings)
    Sea of Swords: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 3 (






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    Sea of Swords: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 3

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    When the mark of the great warhammer Aegis-fang is found branded on the back of a vicious outlaw, Drizzt can no longer merely hope that Wulfgar is safe. The dark elf and his companions set out to find the barbarian once and for all. As they discover pieces of the puzzle their friend's life has become, Drizzt grows only more determined to locate him. As his friends search for him, Wulfgar sails with Captain Deudermont in search of the stolen Aegis-fang, now in the hands of the vile pirate Sheila Kree. But the pirate isn't willing to sit around waiting to be caught. She has other plans.

    spyros says: "Sea of happiness love it"
  • 4.8 (44 ratings)
    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

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    • By Brandon Sanderson
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    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    Mr says: "Fantastic"
  • 4.8 (32 ratings)
    The Chaos Balance: The Saga of Recluce, Book 7 (






UNABRIDGED) by L. E. Modesitt Narrated by Kirby Heyborne

    The Chaos Balance: The Saga of Recluce, Book 7

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    In Fall of Angels, the sixth installment of the Saga of Recluce series, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., introduced the engineer/smith Nylan, the only man among the leadership of the company of "angels" marooned on a high plateau in the west of Candar, and perhaps the one person most responsible for their survival. But the angels are a matriarchal band, and so Nylan must leave his companions and seek a life elsewhere. He travels down from the plateau into the world of warring kingdoms and strange magics with his companion, Ayrlyn, the healer, and his infant son.

  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
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    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

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    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Teddy says: "Wow... Another EPIC novel"
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

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    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
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  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

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    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

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    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.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

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    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.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
  • The Hobbit (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Hobbit

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    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
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  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick Rothfuss Narrated by Nick Podehl

    The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3622)
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    (3254)
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    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Jordan Narrated by Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
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    (4302)
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    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.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Michael Kramer

    The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (4415)
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    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
  • A Legacy of Light: The Dragon War, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel Arenson Narrated by John Alexander Brancy

    A Legacy of Light: The Dragon War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Arenson
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
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    The people of Requiem, an ancient kingdom, can grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. For years, Requiem's holy stars have blessed the kingdom with light and magic. But now a darkness falls. General Cadigus, traitor to the crown, has captured the throne. Bloodthirsty and cruel, he rules with an iron fist. He crushes his own people under his heel. He burns all foreign lands. The noble kingdom of Requiem fades; a dark empire rises.

  • Sword-Bound: Tiger and Del, Book 7 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Roberson Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

    Sword-Bound: Tiger and Del, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Roberson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
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    For the first time in years, life seems settled for Tiger and Del. They run a school for sword-dancers in the South. They're raising a two-year-old daughter. They collect income from their interest in a thriving cantina. Occasionally Tiger must dance against sword-dancers bent on killing him for forsaking the oaths and vows of the circle, but for the most part it's an idyllic life. Until Tiger's twenty-five-year-old son accuses him of being "domesticated."

  • Minstrel: Tir Athair, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Marissa Ames Narrated by Matt Thurston

    Minstrel: Tir Athair, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marissa Ames
    • Narrated By Matt Thurston
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    Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king's death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus.

  • The Obsidian Tower: Jewelfire, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Freda Warrington Narrated by Helen Lloyd

    The Obsidian Tower: Jewelfire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Freda Warrington
    • Narrated By Helen Lloyd
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    As this final volume of the Jewelfire Trilogy opens, all seems lost for the humans of Aventuria. The shape-changing Bhahdradomen have invaded their lands and usurped their Queen, aided by the Aelyr lord Falthorn. Queen Helananthe has been forced to stand down or see the deaths of her mother and brother. Tanthe, imprisoned with her company of friends in the Amber Citadel, must face great peril as they make desperate plans to escape.

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  • The Hall of the Mountain King (






UNABRIDGED) by Judith Tarr Narrated by Jonathan Davis

    The Hall of the Mountain King

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Judith Tarr
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    The king's heir of Ianon is long lost, vanished into the south. Her father refuses to name his son heir in her place, though that son is a mighty warrior. Then one day a young wanderer arrives with news that both breaks and heals the king's heart: His heir is dead, but before she died, she gave birth to a son. That child, now grown, has come to take her place. But the king's son will not surrender his hope of kingship to a boy without a father, though he claims to be the son of a god.

  • Grail of the Summer Stars: Aetherial Tales, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Freda Warrington Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Grail of the Summer Stars: Aetherial Tales, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Freda Warrington
    • Narrated By Matthew Lloyd Davies
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    The climactic concluding novel in the spellbinding magical contemporary fantasy Aetherial Tales trilogy. A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, “The world needs to see this.” The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery's curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean.

  • Shadowkings: Shadowkings, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Cobley Narrated by Philip Rose

    Shadowkings: Shadowkings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Cobley
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
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    Sixteen years it has been since the dazzling Khatrimantine Empire fell to the vast hordes of the Mogaun. Sixteen years since the invaders' evil deity, the Lord of Twilight, was shattered into five hosts, five lost souls destined to become the Shadowkings. Sixteen long years since the forces of the Earthmother and the Fathertree were defeated, and the Rootpower magic itself was destroyed... But for Suviel, one of the few surviving mages, it was not a final defeat. Nor was it so for Ikarno Mazaret, Lord Commander of the Knights of the Fathertree.

  • Slight and Shadow: Fate's Forsaken, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Shae Ford Narrated by Derek Perkins

    Slight and Shadow: Fate's Forsaken, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Winter has finally broken its hold over the Kingdom - but as the snows melt, trouble springs up in its place. A dark cloud hangs over Midlan: The army has retreated behind its high walls, not a word slips out from between its gates. And rumors swirl that the King has gone mad. Kael knows nothing of this: His sights are on the plains. But with his horrible luck following him wherever he goes, it doesn’t take long for his plan to unravel.

    Even says: "Its a good read"
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  • Darker than the Storm: Blackbird, Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Freda Warrington Narrated by Alex Wyndham

    Darker than the Storm: Blackbird, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Freda Warrington
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
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    Prince Ashurek of Gorethria looked up amazed. The towers of Niankan-Siol soared skywards, all blue and gold and glass, seemingly as light as air. Walkways, weightless and swaying, threaded among the pinnacles and spires, while winged creatures and air transports flitted between the glittering heights. But Niankan-Siol was a living illusion. The towers were deep-rooted in the despised under-city where an enslaved people huddled in earth-bound decay.