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Marlene

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  • 9 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
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  • A Turn of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julie E. Czerneda
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light - sunset - the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.

    Heather Dryer says: "Julie's first foray into fantasy is a home run!"
    "So bad that I couldn't even finish it"
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    Czerneda used to be one of my favorite authors, I have always enjoyed her sf novels. A Turn of Light is just terrible. It is like the worst romance novel ever. For example, the main person Jenn Nalynn is supposed to be 19 and acts like the most selfish totally spoiled brat about ten years old, totally unlikable. I suffered about 10 hours of listening about her going on and on about marriage and escaping from the village before I almost screamed and hit someone. Then I did the most sensible thing and turned it off.

    I don't want to waste too many words on this review but save your money on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Angus Watson
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

    Stephen says: "Joe Ambercrombie style"
    "I can't wait for the second book in this series!"
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    All lovers of gritty fantasy, Abercrombie's and Mark Lawrence's novels you are going to enjoy this one. It is a really dirty cruel world presented in this novel but at the same time it's hilarious and fun. Give it a try, it is really worth it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance of Cloaks: Shadowdance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By David Dalglish
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.

    JPaladin says: "OK, but I'd like to take a crack at re-writing it"
    "Good story, Bad narrator"
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    I really liked the story, if I hadn't I would have stopped to listen after 30 minutes because the narrator was terrible. With another narrator I might even have given the book 5 stars. The story is in the Morgan and Abercrombie tradition, ruthless fantasy.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Promise of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (494)

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

    Christian says: "A Promise of Awesome!"
    "Best debut novel in many years!"
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    Do not miss out on this book! It is a fantasy book about believable people, idealism warring with necessities. The magical system is fresh and inventive. And to top it off you get to laugh out loud now and then. One of the best books (if not the best) I have listened to.

    Christian Rodska is awesome as a narrator. He is one of the best!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

    Michael says: "A Precursor Epic Fantasy - A Rewarding Beginning!"
    "Erikson continues his amazing stories."
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    The series Malazan Book of the Fallen is the best I have ever read. Now Erikson expands around this amazing world he built and we get to know more what came before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (904)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Abercrombie delivers as usual"
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    Where does Red Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 20.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lamb is my favorite. He has been in several of Abercrombies books and it is interesting to see how he struggles with himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't have any extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Abercrombie is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (568)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Gritty fantasy at its best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Knight to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would since Matthew Wolf is a very good narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Red Knight to and why?

    I would compare it to Joe Abercrombies books. It is the same gritty fantasy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to more from Miles Cameron.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Judging Eye: The Aspect-Emperor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By R. Scott Bakker
    • Narrated By Kevin Orton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    A luminary in the fantasy genre firmament, R. Scott Bakker returns fans to his acclaimed Prince of Nothing universe with The Judging Eye. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus is waging a terrifying war, subjugating all nations in his path. There are those willing to stand together against him, but these rebellious souls must act quickly and decisively to thwart his mad schemes of power and domination.

    Gary says: "Go ahead and continue"
    "A complete letdown"
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    Would you try another book from R. Scott Bakker and/or Kevin Orton?

    I would try another book from R. Scott Bakker but not with Kevin Orton som narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would change the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His reading was overall annoying.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It might have but I will have to read it in another format to find out.


    Any additional comments?

    I really looked forward to the Aspect Emperor triology, I even added the second book to my wishlist. But I see that Kevin Orton narrated that one too so it will get off the list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night of the Swarm: Chathrand Voyage Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert V. S. Redick
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    The evil sorcerer Arunis is dead, yet the danger has not ended. For as he fell, beheaded by the young warrior-woman Thasha Isiq, Arunis summoned the Swarm of Night, a demonic entity that feasts on death and grows like a plague. If the Swarm is not destroyed, the world of Alifros will become a vast graveyard. Now Thasha and her comrades - the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the mysterious wizard Ramachni - begin a quest that seems all but impossible. Yet there is hope: One person has the power to stand against the Swarm: the great mage Erithusmé.

    Kathryn says: "A sweeping story comes to an amazing ending!"
    "A stunning conclusion of the series"
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    What did you love best about The Night of the Swarm?

    I loved the way people are not simple how they have to make the difficult choices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night of the Swarm?

    When Pazel realise that everybody has forgotten him.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Michael Page performs all characters equally good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story and Michael Page enhanced it even more with his voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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