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Bob-o

CHARLESTON, SC, United States | Member Since 2015

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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
    (454)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (429)

    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!"
    "This is a great series!"
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    I love this series. It's the story of a very young man who unwittingly becomes a hero and the story tells of his growth and of his heros journey. It's a story of sword and sorcery and love, and the love part is appropriate for all ages and not mushy, or over done. If you like sword and sorcery books with elves and monsters then this is a book you'll probably like as much as I do.

    10 of 11 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
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Magick: GnomeSaga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kenny Soward
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    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
  • The Cult of Yex Saga: Part I: Second Cataclysm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jason F. Smith, C. Parker Garlitz
    • Narrated By Steve Carlson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Four brave heroes from the desert city of Demon's Bluff find themselves in a desperate race to foil the reemergence of the ancient Cult of Yex. Cael, Needle, Brynn, and Mallet discover that their destinies are inextricably intertwined and the future of their world is in mortal peril.

    Bob-o says: "Wow, I was totally engrossed..."
    "Wow, I was totally engrossed..."
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    I was leary about purchasing this book just because of the cover art. I thought it would be cheesy and for kids. I'm glad I went ahead and bought it though. I was totally engrossed in the story. I won't give any spoilers, lets just say I was really suprised. Especially since I googled the book, found the authors web page, and learned that the authors use "Beta Readers" and I can only guess that they must self publish, not that there is anything wrong with that. I have over 700 fantasy titles in my library and this one is probably in the top 50 of them, at least if categorized by "Epic Fantasy". I understand that there are going to be 7 books in this series. I can't wait for the next book, which I believe should come out April or May 2015. The narrator was really great. I've never listened to this narrator before and he did an excellent job. However, he did mispronounce some words and that was a little irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Dragon's Geas: Outcast, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cheryl Matthynssens
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    It was a bright, warm spring day when Alador sat upon the hilltop looking down at the valley below him. He knew he did not fit into the world around him. His presence was tolerated and accepted but not welcomed. Little did he know how much his life would change that day. How could one large stone make such a difference in one's world? Renamaum, was a large blue dragon with one desire. He wanted the pact between man and dragon re-established. He wanted the hunting of the eggs and fledglings to stop.

    Michael Shelton says: "Outstanding book."
    "I couldn't figure out who the target audience is."
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    The narrator read the book as if he was addressing a very young audience, but some of the subject matter in the book is more, well adult in nature. It's not graphic, or anything, so maybe it's suitable for someone who is a very young teen. I'm in my 50's and still love books about dragons, but this one never really went anywhere and was really predictable. I was left feeling really disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gathering Darkness: A Falling Kingdoms Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...

    Karen says: "Nice. Great narration and voice kept me awake."
    "I'm going to stop here"
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    I'd rather use a credit on something that I can invest myself in, something with characters I care about. Besides, the narrator never does get any better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms - Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia - are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . .

    JennyMarie says: "Can't wait for the next book!"
    "Well, I was hoping"
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    that the narrator would improve in the 2nd book, but he didnt. The story is ok, certainty not epic fantasy, and so far there really hasn't been a lot of magic, or the magic system at al, other than it's Elemental. I'm only going to listen to the last book, because I already purchased it and it's not some teen romance trying to be fantasy literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Kingdoms: Falling Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Morgan Rhodes
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power - brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.

    Sarah Turner says: "Surprisingly good!"
    "The narrator isnt all that bad."
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    At least after you get used to him. The first few minutes are horrible and there are other times throughout the book when the raspy, forced-fast talking comes and goes. And then he is a mouth breather, which is more annoying, but that's not as big an issue. The book itself is pretty good, not quite epic, but good. At least it's good enough for me to get the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whill of Agora: Whill of Agora, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael James Ploof
    • Narrated By Graham Halstead
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    It is the year 5170 in the land Agora, where humans, dwarves, and elves have existed in peace for centuries. Now, however, the human King Addakon has invaded and waged war on neighboring Isladon. The once peaceful Kingdoms of Agora are on the brink of continental war. The Dark Elf Eadon, and his army of Dragon-Elf crossbreeds, the Draggard, threaten to conquer all kingdoms. Enter young Whill, a 19-year-old ranger with battle savvy and untapped abilities.

    Dana says: "Fast-moving, excellent performance."
    "All of the ingredients of epic fantasy, but"
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    it doesnt quite reach it's potential. For one there is little world building and very littel, or original magic system. I think the author has potential and I will probably buy the next book. I liked the narrator, while he did have consistent voices for the characters, the range in the voices were not distenctive enough and at times I would have to concentrate on who was speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skull Throne

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (330)

    The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse.

    Daniel says: "Does little to move the overall story along"
    "Not as good as the others,"
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    but still very good. Arlin and Jadear are not the focus of this installment in the series. The book focuses much more on the other characters previously introduced in the series. I really, really like this series and have really liked all of the previous installments, but this installment only gets 4 stars. I guess I really just missed Arlin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thornbear: Champions of the Dawning Dragons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael G. Manning
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Gram lives in the long shadow cast by his father, the late hero Dorian Thornbear. Struggling to find his place in a world where politics and wizardry appear to have replaced the need for men of might and main, he must make his own mark. Trapped within the seemingly safe confines of Castle Cameron, Gram faces both love and tragedy. His choices will not only define himself but serve to remind others of his family's legacy and the reason only a fool threatens those a Thornbear protects.

    J P Woollard says: "An excellent story by an exceptional author"
    "The best so far..."
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    This us a continuation of the Mageborn series, but from the lives of Mordechai's and Dorian's children. The story and magic system gets better and the narrator is excellent! If you enjoyed Mageborn, you'll probably really like this. I guess it could be a stand alone book, but you'll appreciate it more if you've listened to the Mageborn books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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