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Joe

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  • Dragon Haven: Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (350)

    The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

    Joe says: "A very LITTLE better than the first book"
    "A very LITTLE better than the first book"
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    I loved this author's Farseer trilogy. I loved her Soldier son Trilogy. I though her Tawny man trilogy was also good. I was looking forward to such a trilogy in the Rain Wilds trilogy. I felt very little happened in the first book. In this last book, just a little more happened. I guess the closest thing I can compare how I feel about this series so far is this: It's just like when you are very hungry, an excellent cook invites you to a meal, you sit down to eat, and instead of getting some solid, delicious food, you get watered down soup without any meat, peas, or anything - just hot water. I believe Robin Hobb is a great writer, but this series really hasn't borne that out.

    I am always looking for a good new epic fantasy. If you are like me and doing the same and have already done the greats (Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, George R. R. Martin's A song of ice and fire series - warning: Martin is slow about finishing this series so it gets frustrating) try Brandon Sanderson's books - Elantris is very good. So is his Mistborn series. His new book - War breaker is also pretty good. It seems he is batting a thousand right now - everything he is putting out is pretty good.
    There is a series I read recently that was also pretty good - The Deeds of Parksenarion Dathsandotter(a female heroine).
    Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series just got finished - it was very good. Jim Butlter's Codex Alera series is excellent - I have listened to it at least 10 times this year - the series just concluded although I hope JB will continue the series or start a new series that continues the story.

    Brent Week's Night Angel trilogy wasn't bad (The way of Shadows, etc). Although I kept seeing reflections of other series in it - a lot of the elements of the world were very similar to elements from the Wheel of Time series.
    There are others, but the above is probably good enough for right now.

    Please pass on any good series you read. Thanks.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountains Rise: Embers of Illeniel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael G. Manning
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    **See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

    abel says: "Great book!!!"
    "Excellent continuation of the Illeniel story"
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    I really enjoyed this book - I especially liked how Manning went back to the past to tell about the origins of the Illeniels without losing any of the characters from the previous installments and keeping these "present" characters involved in a believable, realistic and meaningful way.

    It was thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4027)
    Performance
    (3716)
    Story
    (3723)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "This one is very much fun!"
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    This book is just honest to goodness fun.

    It reminds me of such fun and delicious - can you say delicious when it's a book? - books as "Old Man's War," and "Ready Player One," Its the story of a guy who discovers an interesting thing about our world and exploit it to his everlasting happiness, joy, and a kind of paradise - it is escapism at its most fun. You lose yourself for a few delightful hours in a mixture of technology and magic(?) or is it simply just technology and more technology? Anyway, you lose yourself in wonderful imaginings. Then, unfortunately, you have to wake up and wait for the next installment!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blacksmith's Son: Mageborn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael G. Manning
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Mordecai's simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.

    nell says: "GREAT BOOK"
    "Loved it"
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    I loved this series.

    Young man awakening to his powers without a teacher. Finds various learning opportunities along the way, coming to discover he is probably the most powerful person of his kind ever born (although not put in those words, that's what's implied). Then tragedy strikes at the very end of the series - or so it seems; I wonder what the next installment will reveal?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1169)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Not a bad read at all!!"
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    So, I read the reviews to this book before getting it.

    I found that, contrary to a lot of reviewers, I enjoyed the whole series very much. It's a story of a hero passing on his prowess to the next generation after some dubious doings. Mean while the new hero to be is gradually growing to fill a role the reader/listener is made anxious to see define. Not bad at all for entertainment value. Not a waste of a credit, either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinblade: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David A. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (650)

    When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended two thousand years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade.

    Russell J Fyock says: "WOT and SOT are one."
    "Entertaining series"
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    So this series is quite entertaining - but, it left me vaguely unsatisfied.

    This is another author that gave his main character phenomenal powers and then held him back. It just makes you go: "what a missed opportunity!"

    In all though, it is enjoyable.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tenacious: Kris Longknife, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (195)

    Vice Admiral Kris Longknife’s honeymoon gets cancelled when she hears that the space raider’s home world may have been discovered. Finding where the raiders came from could be the key to saving humanity. If only uncovering their secrets was that easy. As Kris returns home, she ends up tangling with a mutinous crew determined to take off on their own.

    William says: "Sex. War, and BEM's (Bug Eyed Monsters); Oh my..."
    "Ok but not great"
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    I thought that this series had a whole lot of steam at the beginning. It was very fun to listen to and the character was growing, learning etc.

    She is still kind of doing that, but it just doesn't seem as interesting as it did at the start.

    So, this book isn't a waste of a credit, but I cannot say it is as interesting as the first few books in the series.

    I would say it is an example of a series that, though quite tenacious, hasn't kept it's steam - Please don't get me wrong - I love this author and his books; it is just my feeling about the series as it now is. I hope something will happen to make the books feel like they did at the start.

    Of course find out what others think before you decide. The above is just my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1264)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    D says: "Dying isn’t enough this time"
    "You may actually love this book"
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    So, after reading books 1 and 2 in the series, I almost did not read this third book in the series.

    This was mostly due to the reviews of this book. It took me quite a while to decide to read it. But I'm not sorry that I did read it.

    It is quite true that this book may not be for you due to the setting of the story. I, on the other hand, found the setting not too different from the setting of the other two books. In a lot of ways, I enjoyed this setting more than the other ones.

    So, if some of the reviews have discouraged you, keep in mind that you may actually be delightfully surprised!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (235)

    Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

    Shileen says: "A little scary at first, but a great story!"
    "Another hit series!"
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    So this is another hit series in my opinion.

    I loved the premise of the first book. I enjoyed this first book and was rather happy that Brandon Mall did not keep us waiting too long for the second book.

    The series, so far, is very enjoyable and fun, even for adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

    Andrew Stone says: "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
    "Very entertaining"
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    I was very entertained by this series of books. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

    I am very happy it will be available in about another week :-) I am counting the days!!

    If you're looking for a good series, I suspect you might like this one. It was almost as enjoyable as Sorcerer Ascendant Sequence - Almost.

    Find out what others say before you decide, though.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Moonrat: The Bowl of Souls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trevor H. Cooley
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay.

    Fathas says: "Young Adultish feel but entertaining"
    "Good listen"
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    It was, in all, a good series of books to listen/read.

    After listening to this book, I could not wait for the other books to be made audible. So, I went to amazon and got the printed versions - they were also very enjoyable.

    My only biff with the author is that, although he gave the main character phenomenal powers, he then retarded those powers artificially to make the story more interesting. I though that was not necessary; my feeling is that the story would have been more enjoyable without artificially holding back the main character. Some authors feel they need to do that - it just ends up making the reader vaguely dissatisfied with the series, even if it is otherwise a great series.

    Again, the above are simply my opinion. I would read / listen to the entire series when it is complete - it was fun to listen to/read.

    Of course, I'd recommend you read other reviewers before you decide to commit to this series. After all, everything isn't for everyone.

    If there's a book/series you enjoyed, please share it. Thanks.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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