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Aikwn, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 185 titles in library
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  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (4028)
    Story
    (4031)

    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"
    "Hooked from the start!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is going to be great series that I can't quit. I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Riyria Revelations, Saxon Stories (Bernard Cornwell) and the King Killer Chronicles (to name a few). This series is going to be close to the top of my list based on this first book. This book has a great medieval feel to it with just enough fantasy to keep it interesting. Take The Pillars of the Earth and cross it with Game of Thrones and you'll have a feel for this book (though Ken Follett is hard to touch in Pillars of the Earth). I highly recommend this book!!

    The only downside (and I hesitate to mention it at all) is that the narrator lacks some distinction between characters in voice. Sometimes it was hard to tell which character was talking because they all sounded the same. It didn't take away from the story though - as he has a great voice. Again - I even hesitate to mention it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (387)

    Britain, early 10th century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred. Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader - but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler?

    Jean says: "Cracking good historical fiction"
    "Same old story - and that's a good thing!"
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    Would you listen to The Empty Throne again? Why?

    Yes! This story has the same feel as the other books in the series. I was worried about Utred getting older and how Cornwell would handle that since most of his glory came from fighting. He pulls it off well.


    What other book might you compare The Empty Throne to and why?

    This book goes right in step with the other books in the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene was the best because I knew then I was ready for the next book to be released.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Empty Throne and why?

    There was a new character introduced towards the end of the book that brought a "continuing" sense to the series. I won't spoil that here, however.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a little shorter than I would have liked and the story could have been developed just a bit more. It felt a bit like an abridged version, but it was still a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9624)
    Performance
    (4579)
    Story
    (4638)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "Fast paced listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This was an easy book to listen to with a fast past that kept me interested. Some books take too long to "get to the point," but I found this one to move along nicely.


    What other book might you compare Eragon to and why?

    It's a less complex book than most of the fantasy books I usually listen to, but I still enjoyed it. I would compare it to The Hobbit.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't - but he did a great job for the most part.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like to get into a series and this one has me hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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