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Sam

I'm an avid reader and writer who is brand new to the audiobook scene, and so far... I love it.

Riverside, Ca, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Reign of Ash: Ascendant Kingdoms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Tim Reynolds
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Blaine McFadden endured six long years in the brutal Velant prison colony, exiled for murder. War devastated his homeland of Donderath and destroyed the magic on which the Ascendant Kingdoms relied. Now Blaine and a small group of fellow exiles have returned to a lawless wasteland, where unrestrained magic storms wreak havoc and monsters roam free. Yet, amidst the chaos, rumors persist of a new magic that could restore the kingdoms. But the key lies with a dangerous, ancient ritual and a group of vanished survivors.

    Scott says: "I actually wasted a credit on this!"
    "I want more!"
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    Where does Reign of Ash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of all the audio books I've listened to I would put this book as a solid second place.


    What other book might you compare Reign of Ash to and why?

    This book reminds me of a Shannara-esc world, but also a bit of The Hallows.


    What about Tim Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    He has a very nice voice to listen to, though every now and hen character voices get mixed up.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Apocalypse, Magic, War, and Romance.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the sequel to Ice Forged and I loved it. I cannot wait until the next book comes out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Forged: Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine "Mick" McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists. Now, as the world's magic runs wild, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and decide their fate....

    Edward says: "Good Read"
    "A fantastic listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ice Forged the most enjoyable?

    I really was drawn into the story. The details and layout of events made the story come to life for me!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blaine, he was whose head I was inside, and he was a very like able character who I could relate to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that was my favorite was the first scene where Blaine describes the homestead and how they survived.
    I was also very interested in the fire ribbon scene, it had me on the edge of my seat!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very beginning of the book, where an elder sibling like myself made a very hard decision to save their younger siblings.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful listen I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kingslayer

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    He had known this day would come. No man could escape the entire might of the Sovran forever. He just found it humorous that it was an enemy of the Sovran that had caught him instead. Bound, kneeling before a queen whom he had hounded for a straight year, he should have been anxious. Or at least a little worried. Instead, a strange sense of relief filled him. It was over. His mad escape from Brindisi's justice was over. "That is a very calm expression on your face, General Darius Bresalier," she observed. Her tone was idle, but her eyes were as sharp as a hawk's.

    M. McCormick says: "Argh!!!"
    "Kingslayer, a story that had me riveted."
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    What did you love best about Kingslayer?

    I loved the flow of the story. I was never bored listening to this story, and it often made me talk outloud to the characters. When Darius would as for ideas I found myself chiming in and hoping he picked my idea.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Darius, though the Queen and Amala were close seconds. I loved being inside Darius' head during this story. He was so down to earth and reasonable it only made sense to follow him.


    What about Mark McClain Wilson’s performance did you like?

    I loved every moment of Mark's performance. His theatricality in his reading was both endearing, and riveting. He was extremely charming, and animated. I loved his voices and how they brought each of the characters to life for me. I really felt that his reading made the book more like a movie, I could so clearly see the images he described in my head. He was absolutely fantastic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many extreme reactions to this book. I both laughed out loud and cried. Mark's heartfelt reading of tender moments and emotional exchanges had me fighting back tears on multiple occasions. I also found myself talking to the characters, especially Darius. I was so wrapped up in the book I would answer questions, remark about characters, or snarl when sepoy ethnic didn't go the way I wanted. It was so wonderful to get so lost in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Kingslayer is the first audiobook I have had the pleasure of listening to. I had no idea that listening to a book in my car or in my room on headphones at night could be so wonderful! I fell absolutely in love with Mark Wilson's voice, theatricality, and his ability to bring the words to life. He used different voices for each character, making the book reading seem more like watching a movie. Mark's delivery of the story was, in a word, fantastic. I was riveted to the story for its entirety; it made me laugh out loud, cry, grip the steering wheel with excitement and nerves. Kingslayer was an enchanting story, well read, and excellently written. The main characters were like able, well rounded, and wonderfully brought to life by Mark Wilson. I found the story to flow smoothly, the battles to be exciting, and the romance to be heartwarming. I highly recommend this book, especially in audio form.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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