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  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3698)
    Story
    (3719)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Somewhat cheesy ending, but great read"
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    I thought this book and the whole series has a great tone. There are quite a few plot twists that you might not expect, but the story is engaging and quite a bit happens in the final book. The ending is somewhat cheesy, but you cannot hold it against the author. I was very glad to end the series with these characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. I could have done with a more developed denouemont to give some better closure, but I can't expect everyone to end a series like Paolini did with Inheritance cycle. If you like fantasy novels that are entertaining, not overly dark and dramatic/ does not throw you into confusing situations right off the bat, this is a book and series for you. I always like to include the books that I like so you get a feel for my taste. I have read and enjoyed Harry Potter, Inheritance cycle (Eragon), The Name of the Wind, WOT. Was not a fan of the Malazan Series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8966)
    Performance
    (8193)
    Story
    (8283)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
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    I was really anticipating the finally to this series. I thought the premise was very interesting for the first two. Sadly, this trilogy fell into the trap of the first being the best by far, the second being okay, and the third being boring. I just was not interested in this plot line at all. I felt like the characters were going in circles (rediscovering stuff they already knew about themselves and their relationships). The plot line was boring and I honestly was glad when it was finished just so I could go listen to something else. Sorry, but for those of you who really enjoyed this series, it really fell flat for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3290)
    Performance
    (3096)
    Story
    (3096)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Stellar Surprise Find"
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    This is a great book. One of those where you identify with the protagonist and his friends, and enjoy watching them evolve as characters. The plot is a very good one, and it does an excellent job of mixing the past with the present. The fight scenes are very well done, and present excellent imagery. It is a great coming of age story, and has several plot twists that you will not see coming. This book, like the Name of the Wind series, does an excellent job of mixing folklore (not as present as in the other series), religious belief of the characters, and reality. All of the comparisons that other people have said about it being like the Name of the Wind series are very nearly accurate. I would say that I still like that series a decent amount more, but I will still not hesitate to pick up anything else in this series or written by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3899)
    Performance
    (3604)
    Story
    (3618)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Love the author and narrator but..."
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    This book just didn't do it for me. I thought the plot line of this one was a little weak to be honest. I have liked every other book in the series and the grimnoir chronicles is an amazing series, but I just could not wait for this book to be over. I feel I have a vested interest in this series, and that is honestly the only reason why I finished. I felt like this was just a filler book to get you to the next part of the series, and really didn't add a lot for me. The action is cool as always, and I like the characters, hence why I gave the book 3 stars. I wish I could say something more than just I was underwhelmed, but that would be the word I use to describe this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3253)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3040)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Appropriate Ending"
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    I thought this book was very well done. I thought this whole series was phenomenal (once I got over the covers of the books). I am very glad that I read all of them, but this was a very satisfying ending. I won't say that it was an emotional ending, I was not sad to see the end of this series (like I was for longer series like HP or Inheritance Cycle), but I will say I very much enjoyed these characters. Bronson Pinchot did an excellent job portraying the characters of Jake and Fae, both of which were awesomely well developed, funny, and likeable characters. If you have not read any books in this series, read them. If you have read the other two books in this series, you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7471)
    Performance
    (6610)
    Story
    (6603)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Good Book Bad Romance"
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    I actually really enjoyed the plot of this book. I didn't get it for the longest time because I thought the cover looked dumb (I know, don't judge a book by its cover). As with the Hard Magic series, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It reminds me very much of the TV show Supernatural in that it is about hunting mythological and fantasy creatures. I think Larry Correia has a thing for making huge male protagonists, because Owen is a giant like Sullivan from Hard Magic (except Owen is apparently very ugly because they make this point like 10 times in the book). And this kind of brings me to my dislike of the book; the romance. The plot line of the story is very interesting, and I enjoyed all 23 (?) hours of it. This being said, the romance portion of the story felt very juvenile and half-baked. We were constantly reminded of how ugly Owen is and how beautiful his love interest is, and we kind of go from nothing to everything in terms of their relationship. I was kind of left scratching my head going okay that is a giant leap in their relationship. Personally it just annoyed me and didn't add much to the story. Other than that my only complaint is that the narrator's "yell" reading was rather annoying, but I'm sure that is a totally personal problem. I know my tone seems very negative, but I still bought the second book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I would hardly recommend this book to anyone who is on the fence about it like I was for so long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10652)
    Performance
    (9633)
    Story
    (9719)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Thought Provoking"
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    I will say that this book did not captivate me as much as Angels and Demons or Da Vinci Code ( I actually enjoyed the A&D more than any of them), but it is still a very good book. I love reading Dan Brown's works because it is so apparent how much research he does and how interesting he makes certain points of history. If Dan was a high school history teacher it would be absolutely enthralling. I think this book brings to light a serious problem of over population, as well as offering some ethical considerations. You still get the same old Langdon following clues to solve a problem, and you expect their to be twists and turns in the book, so you kind of expect them. This being said, I am very glad I read the book. I gave it 5 stars overall not because how much I enjoy learning from Dan Brown. It is not just a piece of fiction, but educational about art, European history, and current issues.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (5535)
    Story
    (5552)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Like X-men but in book form"
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    Excellent book. I am a very picky person when it comes to books, but I do really enjoy this one. I am reminded of X-men by the plot and concept of magic, but it is original in enough ways that it is interesting. The characters are very likeable, but it is hard to keep some of them straight. Definitely worth the credit, I would bet you will not return this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11705)
    Performance
    (9095)
    Story
    (9156)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Patience"
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    If you think that this story is a little slow going in the beginning with too many characters, hold on! This book starts off disjointed, but everything comes together at the end with awe inspiring ease. Sanderson has started something that is so original and so interesting that I am annoyed that he hasn't continued it yet! You have a wide variety of characters that will offer you different emotions. Some are funny, some annoying, some following a strict moral code, and some that are mysterious. There is a little bit of something for everyone as they say. I could not finish the wheel of time series because it just seemed like you never got anywhere, this book does not lead me to believe that it will be the same way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11022)
    Performance
    (9273)
    Story
    (9359)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Absolutely Fantastic Continuation"
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    I thoroughly enjoy this book and this series. The writing style is excellent, and you really like the main characters. I so badly want to know the missing pieces between this book and the "present day" characters. The performance was fantastic, and portrays the characters very well. There are so many unanswered questions that it drives me nuts that the third book is not out already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lord's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1953)

    For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

    Jason says: "Excellent conclusion"
    "4.9 Stars"
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    I really enjoyed this entire series, and I am very glad I stumbled upon it. I really enjoyed all of the characters, and I thought it was very well done. I could never wait between books, and always had to have the next one ready to go. The evolution of Tavi and Kitai (spelling?... the downside of audiobooks) as characters was enjoyable to see. That being said, I was not super excited about the ending. I was very sad but happy when I finished the harry potter series, and I felt like I was saying goodbye to old friends. For the final book of the eragon series, I stayed up reading all night because I needed to know how it ended. The end of this series did not present the same level of anticipation for me. I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone, but I will say the ending disappointed me for some reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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