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JPaladin

Member Since 2015

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  • 72 reviews
  • 113 ratings
  • 322 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015
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  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6403)
    Performance
    (5877)
    Story
    (5878)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "Young Adult?"
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    This book popped up a few times when searching for books like Warded Man or Game of Thrones. But boy were those recommendations off.

    Because some reviews said it picked up in the middle I listed for 6 hours. The story line had potential (not breaking any new ground, but hinting at depth), but the characters and dialog were stilted and superficial. I finally gave up due to the extreme predictability, regurgitated characters, and general milk toast nature of the book.

    Not for adults. Perhaps pre-teens?

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Autumn Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (490)

    Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

    Hassan says: "Fantastic Trilogy!!!"
    "I like this series more and more"
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    Great series. Interesting, well developed characters. Unique world and plot. Well-written and engaging. Each book is better than the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mage's Blood: The Moontide Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Hair
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

    Grant says: "Hard to get into but then good"
    "Suspend your disbelief, ignore your questions..."
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    If you can seriously suspend your disbelief and ignore your questions, then the plot is quite engaging as a somewhat different coming of age story.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    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.

    Cody says: "Worth the Wait"
    "Engaging idea, pretty well done."
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    I'm not in love with this book, but it was an interesting idea. This is a world where to be a poet has immense importance and power--and yet the limitations and the struggle of the craft plague the artist.

    The characters are well-written and interesting. The plot meanders a bit. I haven't gone on to the second book yet, but I will probably do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shae Ford
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

    Andrew Stone says: "REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!"
    "YA for YA"
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    i.e. this isn't written for adults.

    I've enjoyed some YA (most recently "The Rithmatist" and Red Rising Trilogy). But this book doesn't sufficiently straddle the YA/adult line. While the plot appears to be a fun coming of age story--the motivations and the dialog of the characters are childish and unrealistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7787)
    Performance
    (6910)
    Story
    (6918)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"
    "Colorful but lost me."
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    The idea sounded fun. The language and descriptions were amazing. But the story lost me. Would return it but it has been over a year since I tried to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (2972)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Fun, a bit on the YA side, but fun."
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    At first I couldn't see why this was compared so often to The Hunger Games. It seemed original and written for adults. Later in the book it became very reminiscent of hunger games. But I wasn't put off and still enjoyed it.

    This book isn't breaking any literary boundaries, but it is a fun rather light sci-fi/fantasy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Servant of the Crown: A Powder Mage Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Captain Tamas is an ambitious young officer in the Adran army. As a commoner, he is one of very few without noble blood to hold a rank. When he challenges the son of a duke over an insult, the subsequent duel lands him in hot water with the nobility and the royal cabal of Privileged sorcerers. Tamas is soon drawn into a conflict that goes to the very highest office in the land, and his only ally is the most unlikely of people; a young noblewoman named Erika, who needs Tamas to teach her how to wield her powers as a powder mage.

    Lakisha says: "Great story, but what was up with that narrator???"
    "Good."
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    I was not disappointed by this novella. Fun backstory on the characters. I'd recommend for fans of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (196)

    Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.

    Yoshi Yoshitani says: "A Favorite Series"
    "Good but dated"
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    Audible's advertising caught me. I was curious about a book that Sanderson would describe as his inspiration. While I'd be this was pushing new ground in the 70's, it felt very dated to me. The events, storyline, and characters were not developed to my liking. For the most part it seemed the protagonist just wandered from place to place running into monarch after monarch--each who had some amazing skill to teach him, in under 24hrs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Face in the Window: A Powder Mage Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Taniel is a powder mage; a flintlock marksman with the ability to imbibe common black powder to strengthen his mind, body, and senses, as well as shoot over long distances. Sent into short-term exile by his father, he's supposed to see some of the world and cool his head, to learn something besides life in the Adran army. His arrival in exile, however, coincides with the eruption of a bloody new conflict as the colony of Fatrasta rises up against its Kez suppressers. Taniel has certain talents that the Fatrastan militia could very well use, and can't help but get involved...

    JPaladin says: "Too short"
    "Too short"
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    Entertaining, but I was disappointed I spent $5 on it when it was done. Way too short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (546)

    Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.

    Robert says: "Maybe better than original Audible production."
    "Nostalgic, but not impressive"
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    I enjoyed the trip back to the Dune universe. It's been about 20 years since I read the original series but it was still very fun to get some back story of characters like Duncan Idaho and things like the Bene Gesserit breeding programs.

    As it was the son and a hired writer recreating Frank Herbert's world, I didn't expect great originality. And I wasn't disappointed...if you catch my drift. The plot was entertaining enough, but there were no impressive, creative ideas (nothing near the scale of the original series). Also the characters felt a bit underdeveloped. Especially the antagonist, who seemed characterchures of villains (were they so trite in the original series?).

    In summary, I enjoyed the trip back to Dune and I'm not disappointed I bought this book. However, I'm not going to read any of the other million prequels that this pair has produced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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