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Bob-o

CHARLESTON, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Beautiful Chaos: Beautiful Creatures, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1221)

    Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed?

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Wow! That was unexpected!"
    "Better than the first two"
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    This book was much better than the previous. Like the previous, it starts out slow, in fact the whole first half is slow, but then the pace picks up quickly and there are a lot more interesting events going on. Overall I really enjoyed it except for the huge cliff hanger at the end. There are still a lot of story lines to wrap up, not to mention the major one at the end. The narrator is great, not quite 5 stars, but great in any case. I've forgotten to mention in my earlier reviews that there is a song that plays here and there throughout the book which is nice, but there are some other sound effects that I just don't like. I just don't like sound effects in audiobooks. Another thing I don't like about this series is that there isn't a lot about the magic system. If there was more info on the magic system, and more magic for that matter I would give it mor stars. I've bought the next and final book in the series just for closure really. I hope it's as good as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (272)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Andrew Stone says: "I LIKED IT!"
    "Great Epic Fantasy"
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    Stop here if you're a fan of Sanderson and Jorden. This auther is young and the book could use a better editor, but the author has the potential to be a great epic writer. I love the novel magic system and the way the second half of the story flowed. Michael Kramer brings life to the story and likely plays a part of why this story, along with the unique magic system, kept reminding me of Sanderson and Jordan.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Quintessence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Imagine an Age of Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal, torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin, but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship....

    Bob-o says: "Probably best for middle-schoolers"
    "Probably best for middle-schoolers"
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    Not what I was hoping for. To be fair, the book isn't that bad and the narration is really pretty good once I listened to it at 1.25x. It's just not a book for adults, or fans of noval magic systems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. D. Trosper
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

    Ashley Fontainne says: "A Magical Journey"
    "Very formulaic..."
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    This book is very formulaic. Take parts of Erigon, TWoT, Sanderson, Tolkien, too many others to list, plus Dune and add it all together with a pinch of David Eddings and this is what you get. I'm sorry, but there isn't anything new here. Perhaps middle-schoolers might like this series, but it's not really something that fans of epic fantasy, or adults would really enjoy. The narrator's performance was atrocious. I was only able to make it through the book by listening to it at 1.5x, because she talks so slowly. Take my advice and pass on this one. It's not worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Throne: Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Django Wexler
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

    Bob-o says: "What a great book!"
    "What a great book!"
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    This book has the chance to be the beginning of a great epic fantasy series. The magic system isn't really unfolded until the second half of the book and it's quite novel. The narration is excellant and that makes it an even better listen. Definitely worth a credit.

    5 of 6 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
    (194)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    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"
    "This is a great series!"
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    This second book in the series is better than the first! It has the makings of a great epic series. It's definitely worth a credit. The narration is also fantastic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cry of Honor: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Thor has returned from The Hundred as a hardened warrior, and now he must learn what it means to battle for his homeland, to battle for life and death. The McClouds have raided deep into MacGil territory-deeper than ever before in the history of the Ring-and as Thor rides into an ambush, it will fall on his head to fend off the attack and save King's Court. Godfrey has been poisoned by his brother by a very rare and potent poison, and his fate lies in Gwendolyn's hands, as she does whatever she can to save her brother from death.

    Raven S. says: "Terrible"
    "Another terrific installment!"
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    Another fantastic installment. I love these books. I can't wait for the next installment!!! The narrator's narration is excellant. He's perfect for the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoner: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Gail Z. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jareds dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor, and he flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the courts master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret.....

    Ernie says: "How do I put this..."
    "It's okay"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This series reminds me of The Sword of Truth series, only more formulaic and without the unrequited love. It's not a bad series, but its not great either. If you're looking for sword and sorcery and all that goes with it, then this will do. The narrator is marginal,but if you listen at 1.25 then he's not that bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Medalon: Demon Child, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fallon
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The small country of Medalon lies between the vast nation of Karien in the north and the nations of Fardohnya and Hythria in the south. For centuries the Medalonians co-existed peacefully with the Harshini, a magical race that abhors killing. But now they are gone and in their place the Sisters of the Blade rule Medalon from the Citadel. An elite army of Defenders enforces the Sisterhood's oppressive rule. The Harshini and their demons are believed to be extinct and Medalon has an uneasy peace with its northern and southern neighbours.

    Richard B. says: "Awesome storytelling & original!"
    "A great beginning to a new trilogy"
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    I really liked this series all in all. I'm a Jennifer Fallon fan now. Book 1 and 3 are the best. At times I thought it reminded me of several high fantasy books (insert best sellers here) , almost to the point of plagerism, but it did have some definitely original ideas and a well thought out magic system. Sometimes the heroine is just a little too stupid and you want to tell her not to do something, but she does; however it didn't make me want to stop listening. The narration was excellent. I hope to listen to listen to her naration again some day

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harshini: Demon Child, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fallon
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Medalon has surrendered to foreign invaders, Tarja is once more an outcast, the Defenders have scattered…and their only hope is Damin Wolfblade. But Damin has his own problems - the High Prince is dead, so Damin must lift the siege on the Hythrun capital and defeat a usurper before he can come to Medalon's aid. For R'shiel, time is running out. She must find a way to bring peace to the divided southern nations, to free Medalon from Karien occupation, and to find the strength to put an end to Loclon.

    Bob-o says: "A good series all in all."
    "A good series all in all."
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    I really liked this series all in all. I'm a Jennifer Fallon fan now. Book 1 and 3 are the best. At times I thought it reminded me of several high fantasy books (insert best sellers here), almost to the point of plagerism, but it did have some definitely original ideas and a well thought out magic system. Sometimes the heroine is just a little too stupid and you want to tell her not to do something, but she does; however it didn't keep me from listening. The narration was excellent. I hope to run across the narrator again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reaver Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Well met, traveler! Since you are going in my direction, why don't we walk on together for a while? If luck is with us, perhaps we shall overtake Omar before nightfall, if that pirate of an innkeeper spoke true.

    Bob-o says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    This book is about a story teller who meets a man and the story teller spends a few days telling the man stories. The stories, as it turns out interweave with the events in their lives over the few days that they spend time together. It's not a bad book, but it's not a memorable book either. I love Dave Duncon's Magic Casement series, so I always try his other books and somdtimes I'm disappointed. The narrator was excellent!!! I've never been disappointed by Derek Perkins performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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