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Cody

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Bellevue, NE, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict: The Gap Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (156)

    Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

    Cody says: "The Real Story"
    "The Real Story"
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    I'll preface my review by saying I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'll be purchasing book two right after I submit this review.

    This is a very raw and gritty story. It's not a pretty one either. If you've read Stephen R. Donaldson before, see Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, you'll know he doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics. Rape, physical and mental torment, and questioning the grey area sanity are all things he exposes the reader to and this "short" novel contains them all.

    You won't feel comfortable listening to portions of this book but I do think you will come to the same conclusion I have. If this book's quality is indicative of the series to come I think you're going to be in for a great ride.

    Scott Brick's narration as always was great, no complaints there.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Names

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Django Wexler
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    With this stunning series opener, Django Wexler leaps to the upper echelon of today’s best fantasy authors. The Thousand Names opens his Shadow Campaigns series with a tale of bloody rebellion that will reshape an empire -- and a world. Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass see their fortunes rise under the command of military genius Janus bet Vhalnich. But Janus’ obsession with the supernatural portends a dire fate for the realm.

    Johnathan W. Hill says: "Great Military Fantasy"
    "Military Fantasy with Intrigue"
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    Surprisingly good novel. The story follows an army , but I wouldn't really consider it heavy military fiction. While the overall plot will carry throughout the coming series the book itself ties up fairly well. There are a few teasers that are thrown out for each of the main characters that will hopefully not be drawn out for too long. The narrator has an excellent voice for the story and I personally had no problem distinguishing different characters or emotions. I will definitely purchase the next in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tyrant's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (353)

    The great war cannot be stopped. The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.

    Cody says: "Great Story Continues"
    "Great Story Continues"
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    Not really much I can say, this book was awesome. If you thought the twist at the end of book one was fun, the twist at the end of this book is going to blow your mind.

    I can't wait for book 4. It's a damn shame there is such a time delay between physical book and audiobook release in this series. Hopefully this great series does well so we get to see Daniel Abraham's other series, The Long Price Quartet, released in audio format.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Galactic Mage (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Daulton
    • Narrated By David Bodtcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars--a quest that will likely bring about the very consequence he's seeking to escape. Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own--one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to destroy humanity.

    lum says: "Interesting mix of fantasy & sci fi"
    "Good listen"
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    I had previously written a larger review of the book but audible apparently rejected it for who knows what reason.

    Anyway the book is a good melding of scifi and fantasy, the last few hours are a bit romanticized, but overall I would recommend it for a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Exchange of Hostages: Jurisdiction Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Susan R. Matthews
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A promising young surgeon, Andrej Koscuikso has come, with great reluctance, to study at a military orientation center adrift in black space. Against his will, he will train here to serve as a "Ship's Inquisitor" - a vocation that runs counter to his deepest moral convictions.

    Cody says: "I wish all science fiction was written this well."
    "I wish all science fiction was written this well."
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    I can't believe I've never heard Matthews before.I was absolutely hooked after the first, I listened to the entire set on audible in one week.

    Word play combined with some crazy well crafted diction make the characters in this series shine. Point of view flies between almost every character your ever introduced to, you get to see conversations played through every participant. Trust me you'll get to a point where you can't wait to hear whats going on in the heads of the main characters.

    The publish summary doesn't really let you know what you can expect. This series deals with torture, enslavement, genocide, and corruption on a galactic scale. There is a lot of scenes that may turn people off to the series. I guess steer clear if you've got a weak stomach for graphic detail.

    Downside is the most recent in the series isn't on audible yet, and considering it's been 7 years since it came out I'm not sure you'll ever get a real conclusion to the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1237)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "Best of the series"
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    There's not much to say, this book is easily my favorite of the series. Author and narrator have done a superb job. Much of the book gives you another point of view to many of the events in book two, and tries to explain and justify the great betrayal.

    The last 10 minutes of the book will have you gripping your chair in anticipation. I warn you now that after you read the last sentence you will curse Peter V. Brett for making you wait for book four.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Departure: The Owner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By Steve West, John Mawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level. This is the world Alan Saul wakes to.

    Cody says: "Neal Asher Delivers Again"
    "Neal Asher Delivers Again"
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    After listening to Neal Asher's Spatterjay series I frequently check to see if any of his other works have been released.

    Finally to my great satisfaction this showed up in my search results.

    This is a revenge story where the Earth itself shakes at one man's fury. I can't really say much else about the plot without spoilers.

    You'll notice the book has two narrators. Don't fret though, one of them only reads the intro's to each chapter in a documentary style diction. The other brings the story to life.

    I think the worst part of this book is knowing you're going to have to wait for the rest of the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Charmed Sphere: Lost Continent, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down. Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince - and still unable to harness her magic properly - Chime was set adrift. As was the new king's cousin - and former heir - Lord Muller.

    Pam says: "Magic of geometry"
    "Fun and lively with a dash of romance"
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    Usually when I pick up a book that very clearly focuses on a love story it ends up falling into horrible cliched traps that prevent them from being together. The author, seemingly fully aware of this fact loves to tease you with other novel's shortcomings. That being said its not just a cute little love story but also has a great fantasy setting. The story focuses on four youths forced into leadership while desperately trying to understand their awakening magic.

    This is a great light read and I will be picking up book two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (471)

    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Alynd says: "Could not find anything to like about Jorg"
    "One of the best Antihero novel's I've listened to"
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    At the time of writing this review I have also read "King of Thorns", its sequel.

    I will say this series is one of the most fun I've read in awhile. Who doesn't enjoy a good revenge story? The main character is the very definition of an antihero. His actions are unpredictable, morally suspect, and deviously genius. Not only do we have a great main character, but an excellent supporting cast.

    Do yourself a favor and pick up this series, I really think you will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beholder's Eye: Web Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie E. Czerneda
    • Narrated By Luci Christian Bell
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    They are the last survivors of their race, beings who live on and communicate through energy, who are capable of assuming the shape of any other species. When their youngest member is assigned to a world considered safe to explore, she is captured by the natives. To escape, she must violate the most important rule of her kind, and reveal the existence of her species to a fellow prisoner - a human being. Now her race is in danger of extinction, for even if the human does not betray her, the Enemy who has long searched for her people may finally discover their location.

    Marni Cooper says: "Julie E. Czerneda on Audible=WIN"
    "Hmmm"
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    This is the second Czerneda novel I've read, the first being a Thousand Words for Stranger. Having said that I can't see myself ever picking up the rest of either of their respective series.

    Czerneda has an absolutely fantastic imagination, the worlds she creates are most impressive. The problem is I can't stand the characters she places in them. She has some of the most absolutely one sided characters I have ever read about. Her villains are the absolute worst of the bunch. Having a 'bad' villain really just kills the entire story for me. It surprises me to no end how she has consistently let me down and how I kept reading on despite this. This will be the last book of her's I will read.

    Luci Christian Bell was an excellent narrator and I wouldn't hesitate listening to her again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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