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  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1296)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"
    "Fascinating Despite Lacking Narration"
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    The final book in the series, and absolutely the best of the trilogy. The ending, to me, was all very unexpected. There was an interesting twist on dragons and the romantic interests in the the story. Definitely a suggested book, if you can handle the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9648)
    Performance
    (5681)
    Story
    (5728)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Great background and character development."
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    Would you listen to The Eye of the World again? Why?

    Yes, just listened to it for a second time, and seemed even better this time. I would even listen to it again. After getting through the rest of the books, It's fascinating to see the characters early on and the subtle hints of future happenings that are missed when reading the series for the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The first book is hard to have a favorite character. Despite having great character development they all have fun and fascinating personalities and abilities. Though, in the first book Perin was my favorite, later on, Mat ends up being the coolest character.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Kate Reading bugged me at first, but was easy to get used to. As for Michael Kramer, he is an excellent narrator that creates individual voices for each character and is easy to listen too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.... or Ages come and go.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27144)
    Performance
    (20893)
    Story
    (20975)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Decent book, but would rather watch the series."
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    Yes, I listened/read the book before watching the series, but wasn't too horribly impressed. There is a lot better books in the fantasy genre, despite this, it's still good. Was very unimpressed with the narration, just sounds like a rambling british man from somewhere in a London slum. He was hard to understand at times, and very sloppy. Sometimes, though, admittedly, it did add to the darkness of the book.

    As for the story, it was a little boring throughout the entire book. I feel a lot of it could have been cut out. Some of the character development was great (esp Tyrion and Arya), but a lot of it lacked as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8973)
    Performance
    (6384)
    Story
    (6421)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Good book, worth listening to"
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    I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.

    Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6841)
    Performance
    (4847)
    Story
    (4879)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "My least favorite of the three books, but good."
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    I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.

    Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7245)
    Performance
    (5164)
    Story
    (5204)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "A top fantasy novel. Narration is excellent."
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    I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.

    Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (461)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "Good Compilation for Conan/Howard fans"
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    I would say this is the best compilation of Howard's Conan stories available. It's a classic, but much less boring than other classics of the time. Well worth the read/listen. I've both read and listened to the book, and enjoyed it both ways. Interior art is awesome as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1447)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Gwen says: "Poeticly Written"
    "Better Than The Book One Narration Could Use Help"
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    Despite a not so good narration, this was way better than the first book. The ending was awesome and unexpected, and made me excited to read the next book. The hero really comes out in this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2690)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (2008)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Good Author & Book, Narration Could Use Some Work"
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    Despite being a decent book, he first person narrative took some getting use to. Half of the book seems to be the back story of the main character's childhood, which I found boring. After that, the book seemed to be setting the story up for the other two books. This is definitely the worst book in the trilogy, but is well worth the 1 credit.

    The narrator could use some work. He seemed somewhat boring and it made it hard to get through the first book. After listening for some time, though, I did manage to get used to it. Part of the problem may have been a droning British accent. Not really trying to be rude, but I do prefer American/Canadian narrators.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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