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doug

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  • Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Matthew Berry
    • Narrated By Matthew Berry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (395)

    In Fantasy Life, Berry celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world. Brilliant trash talk. Unbelievable trophies. Insane draft day locations. Shake-your-head-in-disbelief punishments. Ingenious attempts at cheating. And surprisingly uplifting stories that remind us why we play these games in the first place.

    T. Myers says: "Fun but repetitive"
    "A must for Fantasy players"
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    This book was not what I expected. Yes it has a lot of goofy fantasy sports stories, but it has the autobiographical story of Mathew Berry. Nice to hear about someone chasing their dreams, never giving up, and achieve what they wanted but got more than they bargained for.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Novice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Taran Matharu
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1460)

    Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs.

    RobT says: "very good listen"
    "Imagine Harry Potter mixed with Pokemon"
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    The magic system reminds me of Pokemon but with "demons". The characters are kind of RPG standard, but a good job of world building for the first novel and I am going to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellmonger: Spellmonger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Mancour
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4923)
    Performance
    (4623)
    Story
    (4606)

    Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

    Eric says: "Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series."
    "Kind of a let down"
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    I was really digging the story. Narrator did a great job (kind of made me imagine the main character was Sean Connery in Highlander) and I was looking forward to the next story. However I was very disappointed in the ending and the vehicle by which the problem is solved. I just left a bad taste in my mouth and turned me off of the series. If you can handle sex magic as a powerful Swiss Army knife than you should enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armada: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28834)
    Performance
    (27059)
    Story
    (27006)

    It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

    Chad says: "Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One"
    "Pleasantly surprised, Very good listen."
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    Just to get this out of the way: no, it is not better than ready player one. However it is still a really great story. I might have lowered the bar after reading some reviews on here, but I was pleasantly surprised by the pace, voice, perspective of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves: I Bring the Fire Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. Gockel
    • Narrated By Barrie Kreinik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way to her grandma's house. She's being chased by a very bad wolf. Galaxies away, Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover and with no idea what he's done wrong - this time, anyway. But he does know that Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something that he's forgotten....

    Chris, Kindle Customer says: "Wolves is the first of six awesome books."
    "Interesting concept, okay execution"
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    The first thing that struck me was how much the narrator sounded like Siri. Once I got past that I actually enjoyed the story. Interesting twist on classic Norse myths and even modern retellings of those myths.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8594)
    Performance
    (7709)
    Story
    (7715)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Comparable to the First"
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    I really like the first book (hated the after college part but the rest was good). This one did not have the highest highs of the first, but it was not as much of a let down in other spots. There is an unneeded rape scene, but it can be skipped by going ahead 30 second and honestly you don't miss much of the story.

    I would recommend this story to anyone that read the first. I am excited to start reading the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14708)
    Performance
    (12930)
    Story
    (12950)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Harry Potter's Dark Second Cousin"
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    So I have to say the author does a great job of world building. Definitely worth the read just for that. There are some fan service moments that are great and others that are to far of a stretch. I did not like the tone in book 2, but book 3-4 make up for it. Book 1 is by far the best. Worth the free credit for sure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watcher of the Dark: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself. But now Hunt is back and on the run in Watcher of the Dark. But when he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to Los Angeles, city of angels, a temporary sanctuary.

    Jeremy R. Snyder says: "Good, could be better, will keep reading"
    "Series on a downward trend"
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    First book was great. The second was good. This one was just okay. I hope there is another in the series, but if it continues on this downward trend I believe it will be my last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Dead: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (274)

    In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning.... Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion has a horrific vision.

    Darren says: "Good Sequel"
    "Good, worth it, but short of the first."
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    The positive: good job expanding the world setup in the first book. I have already started reading book 3.

    Negative: if this were the first book I don't know if I would continue in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46407)
    Performance
    (39707)
    Story
    (39696)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Magikarp Salad says: "Wow."
    "Better than advertised"
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    So I have been a show watcher for years and with the time between season 6 and 7 I decided to read the books. I was told Storm of Swords was the dullest of the books, but I have to say I have enjoyed it very much. It is no Empire, but it added to the story in a fantastic way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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