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Brian L. Manley

I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and

Oklahoma, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2542)
    Performance
    (1887)
    Story
    (1892)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Don't Pass This One Up..."
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    My only regret concerning this book is the fact that I passed it up countless times over the last couple of months. I had read the publisher's summary two or three times, but could never bring myself to get it. Why?? Simple… It didn't fall into my usual fantasy "epic" class of books that make up the most part of my Audible library. When I finally allowed myself to add this audio book to my collection, I never looked back to regret my decision.

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book of a series of three. Like I said above, this book wasn't the type I find myself reading all the time. The problem I had was wrapping my head around a story revolving around a gang of thieves. I like swords, blood, and foul language. You can imagine my surprise when I found that this book had all three. Granted, it didn't have as much sword play as I'm normally accustomed to, but it had plenty of blood and enough foul language to make a sailor blush.

    In the end, this book got a 5-star rating from me all across the board. I couldn't think of one good reason to give it a-half-a star less. It was refreshing. It was wonderfully written and narrated. And most importantly, it was as enjoyable as any book I've had the pleasure of listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Malice: The Faithful and the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Gwynne
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    In this epic fantasy debut (perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin), John Gwynne takes listeners to The Banished Lands - a broken world with a violent past. Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule - to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

    Brian L. Manley says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
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    I'm no stranger to epic fantasy books. They are by far my favorite type books to listen to. Malice is right up there with the Riyian Chronicles, The Blood Song, The Desert Spear, and yes even The Game of Thrones series. It may not rank #1 on my list, but it's right up there in my top-5.

    Malice may start just a little slow, but you soon find yourself engrossed. It's the kind of book that you're listening to in the car and you get in the driveway of your home, only to spend the next 5-10 minutes listening for just a little longer. It won't disappoint!

    2 of 2 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
    (1011)
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    (952)
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    (953)

    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.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Do you like heroes?"
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    Of course you do! That's one of the main reasons one listens to "epic" fantasy books. And as far as EPIC fantasy books go, this one will not disappoint…. Except when you get to the end and realize you have to wait for the next installment to this series.

    The main character in this adventure is a hero of all heroes. If I could take all the fantasy books I've ever read and pick just one brave blade wielding man of all men to be, it would be Vaelin Al Soma. I've read all the Riyria Chronicles and although both Royce and Hadrian are two of my all time favorite characters, I would still chose to be Vaelin.

    The Blood Song has all the things you're looking for in an epic book. Hero… check! Swords…. check! Blood… check! A bit of magic sprinkled in to make everything interesting… check! Did I mention that this book has the best "hero" main character I've ever read about?

    My fellow audible listeners, I make few guarantees when it comes to books. However, I can tell you with tremendous confidence that you will never regret using a credit on The Blood Song.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (480)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "Absolutely Wonderful!"
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    This is one of those books that I can't imagine anyone who likes these type fantasy books ranking it any less than 5-stars! It's got everything you could ever want in a fantasy "epic" type book. Drama, intrigue, blood, violence, great characters; all with a little love sprinkled in. It's the kind of book that has you running back to buy the 2nd installment. Buy it! You won't regret it! I promise!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1473)

    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"
    "Loved It! It's really that simple..."
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    How to describe this book?? Well, it's just one of those you have to buy to understand. Now I haven't finished the series, so I'm speaking on behalf of Book 1 only.

    The Warded Man sets the stage nicely for the unavoidable battle between good and evil. The evil comes in two forms: human and demon. At night demons rise from the "core" and reek havoc on towns across the land. The only thing that stands between the living and demons that want to destroy them are ancient wards. These wards are elaborate drawings that can have many different functions. But wards aren't easy to draw. They are easily destroyed by things like weather or human interference. Only a select few can draw and maintain these wards. The are called, appropriately, Warders. Unfortunately, the wards that were once used to destroy the demons (instead of just protecting the living) have been lost to time. By the end of Book 1, the Warded Man stumbles upon the wards needed to turn the tide of the war against the demons. Unfortunately, his first try at bringing this knowledge to those who could most use it, almost costs him his life. He learns quickly that demons aren't his only enemy and that the greed and ambitions of men can be just as dangerous.

    This book has many intriguing characters. Although it may sound like it's all about demons, magic, and fighting; it's really much more in-depth. I loved it and I bet you will too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (747)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Entertaining... Even if I don't fully agree..."
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    This short opinionated "book" was entertaining. Stephen King gives a very honest look at what he believes should be done to curve the not-so recent streak of mass shootings. We as Americans have VERY short memories. It doesn't take much for us to forget about a recent tragedy and move onto the latest news story that catches our eye. It's nice to see that there are others in the world that don't consider themselves far left or far right. Instead, somewhere in the middle.

    With that said, I can't say I totally agree with all the proposals President Obama has put forth. I agree with extensive background checks, but banning certain fire arms and large capacity magazines will do little if anything to prevent a mass shooting. If you could get ALL those type guns and magazines off the street first, then it might be worth it. I just feel there are much better ways to help prevent such tragedies.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Greg Keyes
    • Narrated By Patrick Michael
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The kings woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber.

    Jake says: "Good stuff"
    "Good Book One, But TERRIBLE SERIES!"
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    I almost gave this book 4 stars. It's not a bad book in itself, but when you take into account that it's a series of four total books; it's not a series worth starting. Trust me when I say that's it's not worth the trouble. I got sucked into a decent plot with intriguing characters, only to see the author throw them into a blender by book 3. I'm never much for giving detailed reviews, I just tell a little about what I thought about the book and the author. So I apologize if I'm not more detailed.

    In short, I wouldn't recommend this book. Not because it's not a good single book. Because you'll want more and you'll get more with book two (the best out of the series) but then it's over with. It's like the author decided at the last minute to make a two book series into a four book series. And it shows. By the end of the series, your favorite characters change totally and become weird characters that you can no longer understand or relate to.

    2 of 2 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
    (5439)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3475)

    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"
    "WOW! Better than the first..."
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    I've found that most of the time the second book in a trilogy isn't as captivating as the first. However, The Well of Ascension was even better than the first. In the first book, The Hero of Ages, you learn a lot about Kelsier and the book tells a lot about Vin and her life before becoming a true Mistborn. But in The Well of Ascension, you get to know Vin the powerful Mistborn. You're introduced to things that seperate her from being just the most powerful Mistborn. Vin starts to become her own person. Both adopting some principals that Kelsier left behind and making her own decisions and destiny.

    The book itself has more battle scenes and intense moments that had me waiting in the car after I had come home from work, just to hear how a certain scene ended. The author makes you fall for Ellen (hope I spelled that right) just like Vin has. You learn that he really is the right man for the job. But what job is that exactly? And Vin isn't immortal, but how far can she go before she destroys herself and in turn, those around her? Well my friend, you'll just have to read this book to find out. But just a little advise, go ahead and download the third as well because if you liked the first book in the series, you're going to love this one and in turn you'll have to download the third - just like I'm doing now. Enjoy!

    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
    (8430)
    Performance
    (6838)
    Story
    (6894)

    "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!!!"
    "As Good As the First"
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    This book is as good as the first one in the series. Maybe there's a slight down grade, but not near enough to not read the book. My only problem was the way it ended (I always hate it when reviewers write that). But it's true. It ended kinda sad and certainly left me longing for more. All and all an A+ book for me. If you've read the first Kingkiller Chronicles, don't stop there; read Book 2 of the series. I highly recommend.

    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
    (7666)
    Performance
    (5266)
    Story
    (5303)

    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.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "One I Will Always Remember"
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    You know the books; the ones that stick deep in your mind for all time? The Way of Kings is one of those books .... I loved it. The start had me cautious when I heard all these things about shard blades, men with armor that glowed, men that glowed, and men with marble skin being described. But it quickly enveloped me into small stories that were easy to follow and even easier to engross yourself with. It's one of those stories that will get your heart rate up through action scenes and keep you reading during all the other times of detailed writing. It describes amazing details of a turbulent world where the main region is split into 7 different kingdoms ruled by princes and held together by a weak King who seems over his head for lack of better words. Certain warriors and princes have a type of medieval armor called shard plate. It can make the wearer faster and stronger. An even smaller few have shard blades to go along with their shard armor. These blades are as long as a man and can be summoned from the heavens above by the owners. The only way to own one of these magnificent weapons is to kill the wearer. Or, pay the unthinkable price of an entire kingdom to get one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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