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Andrew Stone

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  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

    Bob-o says: "This is a great series!"
    "Great Epic Fantacy!"
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    Wow! Really lost of good action, characters, etc... Typically, I don't like stories with "gods"....

    Other books of this "Epic Fantasy" genre I highly recommend are:
    The Name of the Wind
    Eye of the world
    Game of Thrones
    The Warded Man
    The Way of Kings
    Mistborn series



    18 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Altar of Influence: The Orsarian War (The Dying Lands Chronicle Book 0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Thannuel Kerr is handsome, young and brash, fumbling through childhood toward his inevitable inheritance: the next Lord of the Western Province. He struggles to accept his arranged marriage and to grow into the man he must become. The journey toward that end, however, is fraught with more peril than he could possibly imagine. In the remote reaches of the Realm, an unknown, silent threat is growing.

    R. J. Thorne says: "Hooked!"
    "Lots of Action!"
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    Loved the part of the story how our 'hero' meets his girl and the interaction he has with other characters. The starting of the book reminds me what I loved in the book "The Eye of the World", I like teen interaction, at an age where the guys don't quite know how to talk to girls.

    I wish the story had more romance with the girls and the guys.

    I wanted: more more more character development of the girls in the story. BUT, this would have made the story much longer. I guess this would have required the story to be split into a second book.

    This book ties in with "Circle of Reign" which is set in the future. I highly recommend reading "Circle of Reign".

    While you are waiting for new books from Jacob Cooper try "Eye of the World" which is read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (love these two reader's performance of characters).

    Some newly published and exciting books that will keep your attention try:

    "The Thought Readers"
    "Eye of the Moonrat"
    "A Crucible of Souls" sets foundation for sequel "Blood of Innocents"

    If you'd like a break from the "Epic Fantasy Genre" try:
    "Bloody Jack" - Young Adult book with lots of Action and Romance in a historical setting.

    Love the quality of Jacob Cooper's writing, no vulgarity, and is Young Adult (YA) safe.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Andrew Stone says: "Loved It!!!"
    "Loved It!!!"
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    Totally enjoyed this book!

    I was engrossed from the beginning wanting to know what would happen next. The narrator is excellent. While the vocabulary was suited to the younger readers there was enough sophistication to be enjoyed by adults.

    The story is long.

    The foundation set in this first book of the series introduces numerous characters for later books with a variety of subplots.

    The closet book similar to this is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

    If you liked this book I recommend that you will also like

    "The Eye of the World"
    "Eye of the Moonrat"
    "Sabriel"
    "Circle of Reign" .
    "The Way of Kings"
    "The Final Empire"
    "Imager"
    "Harbinger"
    "Jaunten"
    "Jhereg"
    "Assassin's Apprentice"
    "Enchantress"
    "Thief's Magic"
    "Poison Study"

    If you'd like a books that are more for older readers and are gripping/scarier/darker:

    "Blood Song"
    "The Warded Man"
    "The Shadow of the Torturer"
    "The Way of Shadows"
    "Assassin's Creed"
    "Prince of Thorns"
    "A Game of Thrones"

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Moonrat: The Bowl of Souls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trevor H. Cooley
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay.

    Kenny G says: "I want to hear the other books now."
    "A New Favorite Fantasy Series!"
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    Excellent Story grabbed my attention and stopped me from multitasking while I was listening to this story....

    I highly recommend this book!!!! Perfect for for family and adults!

    The story was complete enough in the ending and did not leave me totally hanging requiring the purchase of the next book (although I will read this entire series).

    Great Plot. Adventure. A new book to go among my favorite Epic Fantasy genre books.

    Next book of this series due in mid December according to best guess of the author.

    While you are waiting for the next book of series to be released I recommend the following books:

    "The Eye of the World" - closest to this series that I know of. Adventure, Magic, Teens.
    "The Iron Trial" - Like a Harry Potter book, Middle School to adult
    "The Name of the Wind" - simply a fantastic series. A favorite of mine.
    "Sabriel" Middle School to adult
    "Circle of Reign" - Action, Action, Action ...
    "The Way of Kings"
    "The Final Empire"
    "Imager"
    "Harbinger"
    "The Warded Man" (a bit darker and scarier book)
    "A Game of Thrones" Adult read.
    "Red Rising " kinda like "The Hunger Games"
    "Blood Song"
    "The Godling Chronicles"
    "Jaunten"
    "Jhereg"
    "Assassin's Apprentice"
    "Enchantress"
    "Thief's Magic"
    "Poison Study" female lead, lite young adult romace


    For a paranormal fantasy genre book I like : "The Thought Readers" - see my review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

    Daniel says: "Great concept, well executed, decent narration."
    "Fast Paced Thriller"
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    This book sucked me in right from the start and I listened to the book in a day.

    Loved the 'hero' and the chasing after the pretty girl....

    The reading style I assume was 'as directed' with the more of a monotone inner voice of the 'hero'. The narration was just average and did not not take anything about from the story. I would be happy to listen to this reader throughout the series.

    My only complaint is the book is about 1/3 the length I would have liked.

    I would have started the second book of the series if it was available on Audible today. The Title is "The Thought Pushers".

    If you are looking for other fast paced books on Audible I recommend the following:
    "The Iron Trial" for a bit younger reader. Like "Harry Potter Series"
    "Red Rising" - Like "The Hunger games"
    "Circle of Reign"
    "The Hunter from the Woods"
    "Beat the Reaper" A thriller with a grizzly ending. Not for very young readers.
    "Cold City: A Repairman Jack" More of targeted for adult or male readers (I would guess).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "Read "Cold City" First."
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    I abandoned listening to this book on the first try because it did not hold my attention.

    I have over 4,000 audio books and I was looking for more pure action and to be riveted right from the start.

    After listening to "Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel" the "Repairman Jack: Early Years" series I had a better foundation on the character.

    LOVED this book on my second try. Story is a bit of a run-away train building speed.

    To get the most out of this book listen to "Repairman Jack: Early Years", it is good.

    If you like this book you might also like to try:
    "The Cabinet of Curiosities" the 'Pendergast' series does not need to be read in any order.

    "Fear Nothing" and other books by Dean Koontz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "Average Read"
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    This was not a inspiring read for me.... It is like "Lonesome Dove" but just not anywhere as good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Cleaning Commando says: "Okay, enough is enough!"
    "A book for guys"
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    I listened to the book almost straight thru.

    Most important is once I listened for about 1 hour I was sucked into the book and the action. I look for books that hold my attention.

    If you liked this book and want to read other books that have a bit of action here are a few books that I recommend you also listen to:

    01) "The Lion's Game"

    02) "The Cleaner"

    03) "A Clean Kill in Tokyo"

    04) "The Butcher's Boy"

    05) "The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)"

    06) "Beat the Reaper" THRILLER, non-stop action.

    07) "The Gray Man"

    08) "Dead I may well be"

    09) "Sharpe's Tiger"

    10) "Killing Floor"

    11) "The English Assassin"

    12) "American Assassin "




    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (352)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Josh says: "But No...."
    "What an ego to read his own book!"
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    With backing of publisher and huge fan to pay for a professional reader, choice to read his own book was a colossal mistake.

    Most all writers are not good readers of their own book... Author has mediocre skills in reading his own book.

    I tried a few times to listen to this book ...

    We all make mistakes ... hope the author has learned, and does what he does best and let others do the same.

    14 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. American

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

    John says: "Mr. America you had so much potential."
    "Cowboy goes to England"
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    The setting is 1909 or so England.

    I loved this book. Never knew what to expect so it kept me listening to it through to the next morning... Love the main character who was a polite solid quiet cowboy(his background) becoming a gentleman in British society.

    The women he meets is a good tale in itself. But of course the story does not end there!

    I would call this book a "Page Turner", so engrossing.

    I had a chuckle from the "Flashman" books which I read previously. This book has an appearance of the "Flashman" character.

    I am a heavy listener to audio books as my first choice, I have listened to over 4,000 of them. I would rank this book in the top 5% for being such an engaging tale and gripping. After the ending, this book is quite thought provoking.

    If you liked this book, I recommend that you might also read "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London
    performed by Frank Muller. "The Sea Wolf" is a gripping story not the typical read. It too was a "page turner" for me.

    I highly recommend that you give this book a try. This book I will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunter from the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The Hunter from the Woods marks the much-anticipated return of Michael Gallatin, the lycanthropic hero of Robert McCammon’s 1989 classic, The Wolf’s Hour. These all-new, interlinked stories offer a full measure of McCammon’s trademark narrative excitement, and comprise a fascinating composite portrait of a unique fictional creation.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced and Held My Attention!!!"
    "Fast Paced and Held My Attention!!!"
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    I really liked this book. Fast pace and lots of action!

    The werewolf concept really held my attention. The writing is very good.

    Other books that have good action that I recommend are:
    "Shape's Tiger" (the series)...
    "The Warded Man"
    "Beat the Reaper" page turning thriller.
    "Fear Nothing"
    The Eye of the World"
    "The Way of Kings"
    and
    "The Lion's Game"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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