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Bob-o

CHARLESTON, SC, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By R. Scott Bakker
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

    Andy says: "Finally in audiobook!"
    "Horrible narrator"
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    The narrator speaks so fast you can't folow the book. I listened for a time at 1/2X just to try to follow the story, but I can't get through a book that way. I can't really rate the book, it might actually be good. I just really didn't like the narrator...

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Grimalkin the Witch Assassin: The Last Apprentice, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don't stand a chance. She is the witch assassin, and her name is Grimalkin. Grimalkin's one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook's apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her a great wrong. For the first time, fans of the Last Apprentice series will hear the story from Grimalkin's side.

    ERICK says: "Excellent divergence from the main storyline"
    "Grimalkin's Story"
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    This book is entirely about The Witch Assassin and her travels with the Fiend's head. I was thinking it would be another book about Tom and was initially disappointed by this, but it' is important back story from a different point of view. Overall though it's not as good as the other books so far, so I dropped a star from it's ranking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Soul Stealer: Last Apprentice, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby.

    Brian says: "Left Me Wanting More"
    "Very Entertaining for All Ages!"
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    Nothing like a good ghost story and the first three books have been Great! The narrator is fantastic and sas great charicter voices. I look forward to listening to the rest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Songbird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Danielle L. Jensen
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Erin Moon
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    For five centuries, a witch's curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Ccile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

    Carmen R. Chase says: "Enchanting"
    "A few things I didn't like about it..."
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    The female narrator's reading was just plain bad, but she had good character voices. I don't get that at all. Too bad the characters didnt have more lines. Also could the author have made the female protagonist any more of a victim.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Alchemist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gigi Pandian
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

    Joan says: "Much better than I expected"
    "Pretty good"
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    This reminded me somewhat of the Iron Druid series, but with a female protagonist and a gargoyle instead of a dog. The only thing I didn't like about it was that she drinks and talks way to much tea...ha ha!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison: The Fate's Forsaken Prequel Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Years before the Whispering War, there was a girl named Olivia. Her family murdered, her home destroyed -- a darkness she can't control. Olivia has never quite fit in amongst the lords and ladies of the seas... but things are about to get worse. Forced into the service of a powerful enemy, she must use her gifts to kill. The darkness grows fiercer with every step; each murder drags her closer to edge of villainy. Only one force in the Kingdom might have the power to save her, but she knows it's too late. Olivia has already fallen to the darkness -- into the jaws of a monster she calls The Poison.

    pinkzebra says: "A Taste of the Fates Forsaken World"
    "Not enough detail to make a decision..."
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    About whether or not to purchas the books in the series. The narrator is excellent! He's the same narrator that narrated The Godling Chronicles, which is a series worth a credit (see my review there).. If your looking for a series about poison, intrigue, and magic get The Farseer Trilogy. The narrator in that series starts out pretty bad, so listen at 1.25x and you'll get through them and love them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linkershim: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David A. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    Spring has arrived, and open war with it. Mostly healed from his wound, Alexander departs the Dragon Isle only to be set upon by enemies from all sides. Outnumbered, desperate and running for his life, he’s shipwrecked in enemy territory then sold into slavery in the fabled city of Mithel Dour. Ancient and mysterious, it’s said that the city was discovered rather than built. Within, Alexander finds a secret so old and so powerful that it could turn the tide of war and possibly doom Isabel to the netherworld in the process.

    Troy says: "Fun and Unique World of ...Difficult Love Story..."
    "Fantastic!"
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    This really is a Great Series and this is the best book so far. The last few chapters blew my mind. What a great magic system!!! Every book gets better and better. I highly recommend listening to this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (606)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Ana says: "A rich, exciting fantasy world"
    "Great Epic Fantasy"
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    Stop here if you're a fan of Sanderson and Jorden. This auther is young and the book could use a better editor, but the author has the potential to be a great epic writer. I love the novel magic system and the way the second half of the story flowed. Michael Kramer brings life to the story and likely plays a part of why this story, along with the unique magic system, kept reminding me of Sanderson and Jordan.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Quintessence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Imagine an Age of Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal, torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin, but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship....

    Jeffrey says: "My report."
    "Probably best for middle-schoolers"
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    Not what I was hoping for. To be fair, the book isn't that bad and the narration is really pretty good once I listened to it at 1.25x. It's just not a book for adults, or fans of noval magic systems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. D. Trosper
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

    Ashley Fontainne says: "A Magical Journey"
    "Horrible Narrator "
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    Somehow I managed to get through the book, but only because I listened at 0.5x. I don't recommend this book for anyone, unless they RESLLY, REALLY LIKE Dragon Tales. It's the Narrator that really ruined the book for me, so giving the story 1 star msy be harsh. but because I managed to get through it it moght deserve another star or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Throne: Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Django Wexler
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

    Bob-o says: "What a great book!"
    "What a great book!"
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    This book has the chance to be the beginning of a great epic fantasy series. The magic system isn't really unfolded until the second half of the book and it's quite novel. The narration is excellant and that makes it an even better listen. Definitely worth a credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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