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Lanfear

A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!

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  • 13 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 351 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4066)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3010)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Finally,more adult fantasy!"
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    I cannot say enough about this series...except I want more! I am a big fan of Robert Jordan and GRRM and was beginning to despair that the rest were all for "young adults." Joe Abercrombie doesn't hold back. I was swept up in a world that was realistic and fantastic at the same time. Some people complain about the language but the use of "foul language" keeps you rooted in the world. This is a dark and gritty tale meant for adults. This is a must read for GRRM fans! You'll find yourself loving and hating characters at the same time much like you do in A Song of Ice and Fire! Narration was excellent!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

    Valerie says: "High hopes cruelly dashed."
    "Abercrombie Light"
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    There's no doubt that Joe Abercrombie is one of the best authors in modern fantasy. What I love most about his previous books is the dark, raw, and utterly fascinating world he creates. While this book is good...it doesn't feel like Joe Abercrombie. It lacked the humor, the grit, and it felt so rushed. We barely know the main character and I really didn't care much about him. I feel like he was pressured to write a more tone downed family friendly book. It's good, just not what we've come to know and love from Joe Abercrombie.

    The narration works for this novel...much more innocent. I think John Keating did an excellent job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2999)
    Performance
    (2164)
    Story
    (2178)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Classic Sanderson"
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    If you love Brandon Sanderson (as I do) then you're sure to enjoy Warbreaker! Some have compared the story to Elantris but I did not see any major similarities other than it's another great stand alone story that draws the reader into a fascinating world. Brandon Sanderson's ability to create unique magic systems is amazing! I cared about the characters and found it hard to stop listening.

    I've read a lot of complaints about the narration. I think we've all been spoiled by Michael Krammer and Kate Reading. While James Yaegashi is not on the level of Michael Krammer he does a good job with the characters and seems to truly understand them. That's what I look for in a narrator, someone who is doing more than just reading words on a page.

    All in all a great book! If you like Brandon Sanderson you won't regret spending the credit.

    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
    (2660)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2019)

    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"
    "Far Above Average"
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    I almost passed this book over while reading some of the reviews. I read statements like "boring" and "nothing new." I decided to give it a try anyway I am very glad that I did!

    This is everything that I want from an Epic Fantasy book! The characters are multi-dimensional and relatable. I cared about what happened to them. The setting was rich and descriptive. The magic system is unique and interesting. I was drawn in from the start and found myself sitting in the car long after I pulled into the driveway because I didn't want to stop listening.

    It's not filled with complexity like ASOIAF or the Wheel of Time but that's not to say this book is simple or childish. It's not as dark as The First Law Series but it's not rainbows and sunshine either. It's good fantasy. If you love a good book that draws you into it's world then I highly recommend The Warded Man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12569)
    Performance
    (10198)
    Story
    (10313)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Add Kvothe to your list of favorite characters!"
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    I'm a fan of epic fantasy and I was beginning to fear that I had already read/listened to the best and the well was running dry...until I started the Name of The Wind.

    I'll admit I had doubts when it first started, the narrator sounds very young and the story starts off a little dry. But stick with it because soon you realize that Nick Podehl's narration is perfect for this series and the story itself becomes so engaging you wont want to stop listening. I always know I've found a good series when I find myself talking out loud to the book/characters while listening and when I think about the book throughout the day.

    You really get into the main character's (Kvothe) head. I laughed, cried, cringed and went through every emotion with him. He's relatable without being boring. His adventures are fun and thrilling but he's far from your typical fantasy hero.

    I highly recommend this book. Please don't let the people who compare it to Harry Potter turn you away. This series is truly unique and I know you'll love Kvothe as much as I do!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (422)

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "If you can get past the narration..."
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    This series is very original with interesting complex characters. It's always nice to listen to a truly unique series in a genre where cliches are common.

    However, the narration is awful! I've listened to many audio books and Dick Hill's narration is one of the worst. He is overly dramatic at times and his style of reading is odd. You can tell when a narrator is familiar with the material and has a true love of the story. That is not the case here. He sounds as if he's reading it for the first time. It took me several tries to get through the first book but I was determined to hear the story. I'm glad I stuck with it for the story alone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2960)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Great series for those looking to explore fantasy"
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    I have read several epic fantasy series. My favorites being The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire. I would recommend this series for those starting to explore epic fantasy. The characters and plot are intriguing without being overly complex. Jim Butcher uses a unique magic system and the world itself is very similar to our own. For me the series was a bit over simplified but this is after reading several complex, long, and dark series. If this was the first epic fantasy series I had even read/listened to I would have enjoyed it even more. For those looking for a dark intricate series, I'd pass on this one. For those looking for a light fun series, dive in and enjoy! The narration is excellent, Kate Reading (who also reads the Wheel of Time series) is one of the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Shadows: Chathrand Voyage Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert V. S. Redick
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    After a harrowing escape from their first landfall in the southern lands and worse disasters in the city where they seek refuge, the crew of the Chathrand discover that the worst imaginable thing has happened: Arunis has stolen the Nilstone. Now our heroes face a terrible choice. They can flee with the crew, and leave Arunis to do what he will - or they can pursue him into the wild, abandoning all but the slimmest chance of ever returning home.

    Lindira says: "Expectedly Fantastic"
    "A fantastic book in every way!"
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    Michael Page has become one of my favorite narrators! He has a variety of voices and makes character distinction easy. He also brings them to life in a way seldom found in other audio books. He is also consistent with the voices over all three books. That seems to be something that same narrators loose over time.

    The story itself is of course fantastic! Epic fantasy without being tedious. Robert V.S. Redick breathes new life in the genre. The characters are ones you can connect with and cheer on. I have listened to several epic fantasy series and this has become one of my favorites!! More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4305)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2799)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Hilarious, fun, and thought provoking!!"
    Overall

    I was already a big fan of this book before this new audio book was released. The narrator is awesome and truly understands the characters. He brings them to life and makes all of the humor stand out! This book is easily one of my favorites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1171)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Giving up on the series"
    Overall

    After listening to this book I have decided to stop listening to this series. As mentioned in a previous review this series rips off The Wheel Of Time so obviously that it makes it hard to enjoy. At times I would laugh out loud because I couldn't believe that anyone could take so much from another author's work. The narrator is the best one in the series thus far. I hope he does more work with a better series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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