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Cody

Bellevue, NE, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • 30 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 457 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2018
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  • The Thousand Names

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Django Wexler
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (571)

    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.

    Kathleen says: "90% battles and 10% character development"
    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ascendant: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Craig Alanson
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2997)
    Performance
    (2853)
    Story
    (2844)

    The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

    David M says: "A skeptic entertained"
    "Unrealistic and unending justice baiting"
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    17 hours of listening to the main character get shit on at every turn. It's not fun to listen to and it's a weak story telling mechanic. I would not recommend listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Army: Seven Forges, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James A. Moore
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The City of Wonders has been saved by nearly miraculous forces, and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost. The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the very entities that kept it locked away since the Cataclysm. Andover Lashk has finally come to accept his destiny and prepares to journey back to Fellein.

    Joshua Paulin says: "I hated this books the most"
    "The end?"
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    I'll say overall I really enjoyed this series, but it seems to have really lost direction as it went on. As far as the ending? I think it's a bad sign when you can't tell if the series is over or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mechanism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Miller
    • Narrated By R. Paul Matty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Young slaves live and work in the bowels of a massive, mysterious factory, watched over by cruel robots. They live and die without ever seeing the world outside of their own working rooms, never understanding the nature of the factory or the purpose of their suffering.

    Lauren A. Ebbecke says: "Brilliant Narration of a Powerful Book!!"
    "Painful to listen to"
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    I can't stand the narration. I suggest listening to the preview before purchasing this, like I should have.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ascension: The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian K. Fuller
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (809)

    Gen was a bard's apprentice, his nimble hands meant for the lute and his voice for a song. Then the half-mad and completely bored Shadan Khairn invaded Gen's village to winter there and start a war. He shoved a sword in Gen's hands and tormented his body, shaping a bard into a warrior to be killed for sport. As the days of torture pile up like the snow, Gen searches for death. But the day is at hand when the shattered shards of the world will knit together again, and the world's slain god will be reborn.

    Skipper says: "Good fantasy series"
    "Excellent"
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    Fast paced interesting story with arguably the best narrator in the business. I listened to the entire audiobook in two sittings. Ends on a cliffhanger, as I suspect the other books in the series will.

    Bad news is having to wait for the other three books. Good news is that they're coming out in 3 week intervals.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Shadow in Summer: Long Price Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and culture, a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit Seedless, an and at bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. Saraykeht has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity.

    Scott H. says: "Audio Performance adds confusion"
    "Worth the Wait"
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    I was super excited when I was browsing Audible and noticed this series was finally in audio format. Having already listened to Abraham's newer series, Dagger and Coin, I had high expectations for this older acclaimed series. I wasn't disappointed. Abraham's style is fairly unique, he writes fantasy but without the usual heroes and villains. If you are looking for melee or magical combat this book doesn't have it, it does have some great characters, plot, and suspense.

    Best of all you won't have to wait long for the other books in the series, all are scheduled to be released before the end of 2014.

    11 of 14 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
    (1032)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (947)

    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.

    Lore says: "When those who know the truth tell lies."
    "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.

    5 of 6 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
    (267)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (240)

    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.

    2 of 3 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4483)
    Performance
    (4101)
    Story
    (4106)

    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.

    Uber Femme says: "What in The Core happened?"
    "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

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