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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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  • 317 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9965)
    Performance
    (9158)
    Story
    (9211)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Least Favorite..."
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    I gave A Feast for Crows 3-stars. First off, the reader was different than in all the other books. That just throws you off completely! I read the entire book without reading about anything positive. The minute you think somethings good is going to happen, the author makes something completely out of the blue happen. It was a frustrating book, but the series as a whole is still a favorite of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Refugees

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1153)

    He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee’s mission... or his methods.

    Amanda says: "HORRIFYING ZOMBIE BOOK"
    "Save yourself the time and buy book 4 while..."
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    you're at it. Book three is very good. The plot REALLY thickens. Not so much that you can't keep up, but enough to have you're head kinda swimming (in a good way). Right now, I'm so mad at some of the "bad guys" that I catch myself shouting profanities at the book. Luckily my wife also listens to audiobooks, so she can relate. Buy this book and enjoy....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1310)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "Unique twists start to unfold"
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    If you liked the first book in this series, you'll for sure like the second book (Aftermath). I just finished book 3 and I'm moving confidently to book 4, knowing it'll be a good one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2089)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1966)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Finally! A "SCARY" Zombie Book"
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    Another audible listener's review said this was the first zombie series that actually scared him. I couldn't agree more!! I'm already through book 3 and I'm about to dive into book 4. Up until this point, I've read about 20-30 zombie books. This one (series) is my favorite of all time. There are some close seconds, but I believe this one takes the cake. So buy and enjoy. No worries....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3529)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2794)

    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
    (194)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    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!

    7 of 8 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
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    Overall
    (3111)
    Performance
    (2928)
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    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"
    "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
    (940)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (849)

    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
    (2795)
    Performance
    (2130)
    Story
    (2147)

    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
    (936)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (833)

    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
    (239)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (125)

    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

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