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Bob-o

CHARLESTON, SC, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 93 reviews
  • 501 ratings
  • 1655 titles in library
  • 114 purchased in 2015
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  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (378)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "Great fantasy lit!"
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    The first book is better, as this one is a little predictable, but it's quite original at the same time

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (517)

    From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

    CatBookMom says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Another reviewer nailed it."
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    I read a review about the book being a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and that is what this story is about, but with the Mercedes Lackey touch. There is some romance in it, but it's G rated and there's not much of it in the book, which is good from my point of view. The Magic System is too predictable and that subtracts 1 star as I rank fantasy books. The narrator is very good. She mispronounced a few words, but it might just be that she's not speaking American English. Overall the story is good, not great, and not horrible, so I give 3.5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Dragons: Kings and Sorcerers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Kyra, a 15-year-old girl who dreams of following in her father's footsteps and becoming a famed warrior, is a finer archer than all the others. As she grapples to understand her skills, her mysterious inner power, and what secret is being kept from her about her birth, she comes to realize she is different from the others and that hers is a special destiny.

    Bob-o says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    This is an excellent sword and sorcery tale. I was fully engaged from the start and I can't wait for the next in the series. I hope that's not to far off. I love Morgan Rice's Sorcerers Ring series too, so I'm not suprised that this would be just as great as those books. Wayne Farrell is an excellent narrator and a perfect fit for this story. i highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: Phoenix, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated By Madeline Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A new breakout fantasy epic filled with strong world building, engaging characters, and wondrous adventure. Kyri: a highborn young woman whose life is shattered by the murder of her kin. But even as Kyri flees her beloved land Evanwyl, she knows that she is her family's only hope for justice, and Evanwyl's only chance to escape a growing shadow of corruption and destruction. Now Kyri must venture across Zarathan, a world on the brink of a long foretold Chaos War. It is a struggle that may usher in a long age of darkness.

    Bob-o says: "This book is bizarre. "
    "This book is bizarre. "
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    I didn't really know what to expect with this book. The author mixed up superheros, a couple of quests, and then added Parallel Universes and ended up with this story. I liked it, even though it's so bizarre, or maybe because it is bizarre. I think the target audience for this book is teen boys, but I enjoyed it, and I'm far from being a teen.The narrator takes some time getting use to, because she talks fast. I really liked some of the character voices. especially the Toad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cult of Sutek: The Epic of Andrasta and Rondel, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joshua P. Simon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    His life has no purpose. She's out to prove hers. An unlikely alliance forms. Their legend is born. Rondel a once famous minstrel is crippled and rotting away in prison. He has nothing to live for until Andrasta, a mysterious warrior, gives his live meaning again. The pair escapes prison and in the aftermath, form a partnership they hope will lead to fame and fortune. Their journey is a long one, filled with peril, adventure, and even failure.

    Jan says: "Grabbed me by the ears and wouldn't let go!"
    "It's not a great book, but it held my interest. "
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    It's an easy listen, nothing complicated about it. There's a little elemental magic in it, but thats not the focus of the novel. Its really about two unlikely allies, who plan on stealing a gem, and early on they get sidetracked into taking a rescue job, because they need cash to support themselves until they can steal the gem they want. And, that's about it. I'll probably listen to the others sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Blood Masters: Dragon Stone Saga, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristian Alva
    • Narrated By Adam Chase
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The brave dragon rider, Tallin Arai, continues his fight against the Balborites, a cult of religious fanatics and deadly mageborn assassins that have been wreaking havoc across the continent. In the east, the dwarf kingdom crumbles into chaos. The dwarf clans go deeper into civil war, while an even greater danger rises up to destroy the entire dwarf kingdom, once and for all. In desperation, the dragon riders and the dwarves must turn to the elves for help.

    Bob-o says: "Worst in the series"
    "Worst in the series"
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    This story doesnt really go anywhere. The Dwarves and Talon are fighting new bad guys on two different fronts and that's it. Our Dragon Rider hero in nowhere to be seen. Worst of all, the Narrator does a horrible job. It sounds like he angry throughout the novel, unless he's using a voice of a specific character. After the first 30 minutes or so I started surfing Audible, and that always ill for what I'm currently listening to. This one is a skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vosper's Revenge: The Dragon Stone Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kristian Alva
    • Narrated By Adam Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Vosper's Revenge is the final book in Kristian Alva's popular Dragon Stones trilogy. As the races of Durn stand on the brink of war, the power-hungry emperor plans his conquest of the entire continent. The dragon riders are fragmented. They have been scattered across the land; weakened by the discovery of a traitor in their own ranks. Are the riders strong enough to defeat Vosper before he destroys them all?

    Bob-o says: "The story continues as an easy read,"
    "The story continues as an easy read,"
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    which is as a nice chang for me, and I'm going to continue to listen to the rest os the series. I bought this series when it was on sale, without using credits, and I recommend that others do the same, as its not bad, nor great, and the books are relatively short, especially for me, because I like books that are 20 or more hours long...more book for the credit. The narrator continues to be excellent; however, the doesnt have a vast amount of character voices, and there are more than a few characters that have the same voice. Still, he reads well, pausing in the right tome, for the right length of time, and is able to put emotion appropriate for the characters in appropriate time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Stones: Dragon Stone Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristian Alva
    • Narrated By Adam Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.

    William says: "A fantasy with a gravity to appeal."
    "Great Narrator!"
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    One of the other reviewers remarked about the similarities of this book to so many other popular series, and that he basically listened to this series just because the narrator does such an excellent job compaired to the other series. I agree! Still, one of those other series is by far one of my all time favorites, and this one just gets 3.5 - 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dagger's Path

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Glenda Larke
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ardhi, Sorrel, and the excommunicated cleric Saker Rampion, stow away on a ship to the Spice Islands. They must return stolen items of great power to Ardhi's home, but there are ruthless men after this power, men who will kill to possess it. At home in Ardrone, an army of demonic origin runs amok while Saker's superiors in the church struggle to quell it.

    Bob-o says: "WOW! What a great Book!"
    "WOW! What a great Book!"
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    The first book in this series (The Forsaken Lands) is Very Good, but the second one is Excellant! It picks up right after the first book and takes off running.The first book was slow to start and didn't have my full attention until a quarter, or maybe a third the way through and then it really drew me in. The Dagger's Path, on the other hand, captivated me from the start and I just couldn't put it down. I love Epic Fantasy, and one of the things that I am always on the look out for is a unique and believable Magic System. Well, this one has not only one, but two, and it's not the other side of the same coin kind of thing, it's two distinct, unique, and believable magic systems, and the author actually pulls it off. Looking back I can see that there is some foreshadowing of the second Magic System, but I never would have connected the dots if I had not listened to the second book. I mentioned in my review of The Lascar's Dagger that there weren't witches and warlocks tossing spells at each other, and there's not in this book either, but there's definitely magic going on here and more. The pacing in this book is great, it doesn't get bogged down, and there's a lot more stuff going on than in The Lascar's Dagger. The story was totally unpredictable to me, I couldn't guess what was going to happen next, and then the last four hours totally blew my mind away. As I was listening to the last couple of hours of the book, I kept thinking WOW, I didn't see that comming, and I'd rewind just to experience it again. In fact right after I finished the book I went back several chapters just for the sheer enjoyment of it, I listened to it again. I have well over 700 titles in my library,. They are predominantly epic fantasy seriies and one of my Top 20 Favorite Epic Fantasy Series was just bumped off and replaced by this series. As for the narrator, well ge did an excellent job! He has a range of character voices and he used the same individual voice for each individual character in this book as he did in the first, he also had new voices for each new character introduced in this book. What more could you ask for in a narrator? I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes epic fantasy and for fans of Magic Systems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lascar's Dagger: The Forsaken Lands

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Glenda Larke
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Saker appears to be a simple priest, but in truth he's a spy for the head of his faith. Wounded in the line of duty by a Lascar sailor's blade, the weapon seems to follow him home. Unable to discard it, nor the sense of responsibility it brings, Saker can only follow its lead. The dagger puts Saker on a journey to distant shores, on a path that will reveal terrible secrets about the empire, about the people he serves, and destroy the life he knows.

    Bob-o says: "It starts out slow, but then draws you in..."
    "It starts out slow, but then draws you in..."
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    This is a great book! It took a while to fully engage me, but it was worth the wait. It just got better and better and the end of the story left me wanting more...so many cliffhangers at the end of the book. I enjoyed the storyso much that I already have the second book downloaded and I'm going to start listening to it as soon as I finish this review. The narrator was excellent! This will be one of the books that I'll listen to again sometime. It has an interesting magic system, but if your looking for witches or wizards you won't find them here, but this story certainly has a magic system that is very unique, and refreshing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Magick: GnomeSaga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kenny Soward
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    NIKSABELLA the gnome has tinkered in the shadows for years, developing an invention that might change the world - even if she doesn't know it. She has few friends and even fewer allies in Hightower, where social and academic status is crucial. Her brother NIKSELPIK is an obstinate wizard who drinks heavily, sings dirty songs, and makes unmannerly passes at gnomestresses.

    h2o1969 says: "Excellent Story, Excellent Production"
    "Cute, fun, entertaining"
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    This is a fun, easy listen. I liked the the world the Author created and all of the names of the different things in it. I started surfing for my next listen a little more than half way through and that's never a good sign. I finish it though and I'm giving it a 4 for creativity. The narrator was excellent! He had quite a range of voices for each of the characters. I'll know what I'm in for if I get the next book, which i may do, but for now I'm going on to something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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