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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

    Jerker says: "Nice idea driven sf"
    "This is what science fiction is meant to be."

    This book was chock full of references to interesting and real math phenomena, game theories, speculative essays, institutes and historical trivia. And that's all just icing on the cake! The story was compelling and kept my interest all the way through. Characters behaved like real people, too, without the contrived idiocy that many novels employ to drive the plot forward.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Initiate Brother: The Initiate Brother Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sean Russell
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander

    Plague and warfare have swept across the Orient, ravaging the ancient kingdom of Wa, devastating the royal line, and leaving a new dynasty on the throne—a new emperor, Akantsu, filled with fear of all who might seek to wrest the empire from his grasp. Among those out of favor with the new liege is the Order of the Botahist Monks, whose mystical powers have enabled them to hold positions as spiritual advisors to the imperial court for nearly ten centuries.

    JPaladin says: "Good book; interesting characters, plot, and arc"
    "A real gem"

    This book is unconventional in that there is not as much action and combat compared to a typical fantasy book. However, the story still kept me riveted, and I'm usually the lots-of-explosions-or-else-zzz kind of guy. The setting, storytelling and immersion in an interesting culture all add a wonderful depth.

    The only bad thing is that the sequel isn't available on Audible at this time. Tsk!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"

    This book is addictive, engrossing and exciting. It initially roughly follows the "hero's journey" plot structure, but sets itself up to branch out quite a bit in scope in the subsequent novels. Can't wait for the sequel!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "All-Around Fantastic Series"

    This books kicks off one of the most satisfying, epic fantasy series I've read in a very long time. The magic systems are creative and interesting, the characters are compelling and the plot is epic in scope. I can't wait for the next trilogy in this world, set 15 years after "Beyond the Shadows".

    It sounds like the plot is too complicated for some people, and I'm not sure what to say. You could do more crossword puzzles to build up your cognition? Seriously though, prophecy is a powerful mechanism in this series and is used to shape the plot. This means a few characters know what's coming and work to shape future events. That may be awkward for some readers? That's my best guess at the few people who take issue with this series.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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