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Daniel

MC LEAN, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1880)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1719)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Uber Femme says: "What in The Core happened?"
    "Should you read this book? Yes. It's that simple"
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    If you are considering reading this book, most likely you have read the Warded Man and the Desert Spear and wondering if you should continue the series. There is an easy answer to that question, YES you should.

    This book wasn't as good as The Warded Man, but that's a high bar. It was better than The Desert Spear and very readable. The story was pretty faced paced and it provides the reader with a different and sympathetic perspective on one of the most important characters.

    The book slowed down for near the end, but it ended with a bang. I'm definitely looking forward to the fourth book.

    Lastly, the narration was very good.



    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Autumn Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (455)

    Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

    Hassan says: "Fantastic Trilogy!!!"
    "Very good conclusion to the series"
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    I wasn't a huge fan of The Crimson Campaign, but the Autumn Republic was a good conclusion to the series.

    There are a lot of fantasy series these days that start off as trilogies, but then spin out of control as POVs increase and the author loses control of the overall story. Brian McClellan did not let that happen here. This was planned as a trilogy and it ended as a trilogy. This is not because McClellan doesn't have other stories to tell in this same world, but he told those story in ancillary novellas. His discretion with the story should be praised. There is no need for ever-increasing POVs, especially because it almost always comes at the expense of the overall story.

    The Autumn Republic wrapped up the important story lines in a satisfying conclusion. This is a solid series and I look forward to reading whatever McClellan releases next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skull Throne

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (411)

    The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse.

    Daniel says: "Does little to move the overall story along"
    "Does little to move the overall story along"
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    Bottom Line: if you liked Robert Jordan’s meanderings, you will love this book. I however, was not a fan because this book did not move the overall story along. If some of the stories from this book were standalone novellas, they would be great. As a part of an overall series, however, there is little here of value.

    I really liked the Warded Man. It was a great book. It was fast-paced and told an interesting story in an interesting setting. But the book created some false promises for the series—that the series would be fast-paced and focused on the survival of the human race. But instead of focusing on fulfilling the implicit promises of the Warded Man, we have a book focused on ancillary characters. As a result, there is little momentum and drive and little suspense. When it became clear that the main storyline wasn’t going anywhere, I ceased to care about the rest of the book because that part of the story didn't matter that much. Who cares if characters lived or died they will not have an impact on the larger story—the story I was invested in since the Warded Man?

    This book didn’t need to exist as a standalone novel. Even though it is 700 pages long, very little happens in the overall story. It would have been much better as a couple ancillary novellas.

    The narration of the story was quite good. I really like Pete Bradbury's work here.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12123)
    Performance
    (10805)
    Story
    (10974)

    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.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "The best audiobook version of the Hobbit"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis' narration of the Hobbit sets the standard. It is perfect in every way, from the different voices he used, to his pacing, and intonation. The book is a fun book, but Inglis might actually make it better. It is throughly enjoyable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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