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  • Titus Groan: Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    Benjamin L. Alpers says: "Count Me Among the Peake Fans"

    I loved the prose - the book is wonderfully written, but I found it ponderous. Rather like the characters themselves, slow and heavy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Fire: Book One of the Vineart War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines and who selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

    Autumn says: "Strange"
    "It was pretty good"

    I know that some of the previous reviews have been bad, but I liked it. Yes it was slow, but the story is a good one and I'm looking forward to the next book.

    Some of the accents that the narrator used - were pretty cool, a nice change from the ubiquitous British (I actually love British accents when listening to narrators, don't get me wrong). The slow reading speed wasn't a problem for me.

    Overall, not spectacular but a pretty good story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal Mage: Fisherman's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    The weather magic that holds Lur safe is failing, and the earth feels broken to those with the power to see. Among Lur's sorcerers, only Asher has the skill to mend the antique weather map that governs the seasons, keeping the land from being crushed by natural forces. Yet, when Asher risks his life to meddle with these dangerous magics, the crisis is merely delayed, not averted.

    Devon says: "Great read"
    "slow and depressing"

    I like most fantasy and sci-fi, but this book was a disappointment. First; it refers to things that have happened in the past that are very important to the current plot, but aren't really clarified in the prologue. I spent half of the book trying to figure out what happened during the "last mage war". If there is a prequel to this book I don't know about it, and if not - it really needs one. Second; and this might just be a personal opinion of mine, but I found the family dynamics, arguments, and characters taking forever to die very depressing (and it rains all the time in the story). The narrators voice adds to this psychological miasma. There's also a lot of 'language' in the book. Now, this ordinarily isn't a big deal for me, and I really like the scattered 'sentence enhancements' now and then, but I made the mistake of listening to this book on my computer with the volume up. One of my kids came into my work room asking "Mom, what's a poxy sh*t mean". The head phones were on after that. To be fair the story does get rather intriguing toward the end of the book when things finally start to get going, and there is a cool ending. Will I buy the next "poxy, bloody" (inside joke...if you've listened you'll understand) installment when it comes out? Maybe, but I'll have to buy some antidepressants first...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Ill-Made Mute: The Bitterbynde, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner

    The Stormriders land their splendid winged stallions on the airy battlements of Isse Tower. Far below, the superstitious servants who dwell in the fortress' lower depths tell ghastly tales of evil creatures inhabiting the world outside, a world they have only glimpsed. Yet it is the least of the lowly, a mute, scarred, and utterly despised foundling, who dares to scale the Tower, sneak aboard a Windship, and then dive from the sky.

    A User says: "Great listening"
    "Beautifully written book"

    This audio book was amazing. The author uses lyrical descriptions to bring the land alive, and the narrator's warm voice adds life to the pages. Other reviewers have complained about mispronunciations but they didn't trouble me, and may have been done by direction of the author. Not a big deal at all and they do not detract from the beauty of the narration. Parts of this story (particularly the faery lore) remind me a bit of Tolkien. If you're tired of reading about sword-fodder and are looking for something a bit magical, I highly recommend this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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