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lum

singapore, Singapore | Member Since 2011

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  • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (121)
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    (121)

    Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

    lum says: "Dark, violent, sarcastic and unapologetic about it"
    "Dark, violent, sarcastic and unapologetic about it"
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    Prince Jorg was faced with the murder of his mother and brother and it transformed him and his world view. He is not a “BATMAN” out to save the world, but just one more “BAD MAN” living in it but not giving in to it. Equipped with his own unique ultra-morals he makes his merry way and to hell with those living or dead who cross him.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (664)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Raquel S. says: "Memoirs of a Supervillain turn Superhero"
    "super heroes & villains & everything in between"
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    Origins and Confessions should have been combined as one book. Instead Confessions was released first making you start at the middle of the story. Lucky I started with Origins and it gave me a good flow of the story and it is a good one. This superhero origin story told from the point of Cal is witty, humours and sarcastic. The plot does not surprise but the characters are well crafted and grow with the story. A must have for every super hero and comic book fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.

    lum says: "super heroes & villains & everything in between"
    "super heroes & villains & everything in between"
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    Origins and Confessions should have been combined as one book. Instead Confessions was released first making you start at the middle of the story. Lucky I started with Origins and it gave me a good flow of the story and it is a good one. This superhero origin story told from the point of Cal is witty, humorous and sarcastic. The plot does not surprise but the characters are well crafted and grow with the story. A must have for every super hero and comic book fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan.… Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother's deaths in battle. Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family's loss, and the Acoma's enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction.

    lum says: "Those who loved Daenerys Targaryen will love Mara"
    "Those who loved Daenerys Targaryen will love Mara"
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    I read the book when I was a teenager when it was published way before the game of thrones. Not your usual sword and sorcery it is full of political intrigue, dynastic clashes and murder set in a world of magic and exoticness. If you like strong yet vulnerable women pick this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reaver: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Eugene H. Russell IV
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    In the fourth book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi - a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he's never tried. Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surrounding it. Harvests are failing, travel and trade are disrupted, and civilized forces are giving way to the deluges caused by the storms.

    Tom Grundy says: "Wanted this to be great book, I may never know"
    "Good story bad delivery"
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    Anton the pirate at first appears to be a villain out for profit and Umara the red wizard just a minion to her evil masters, This is a tale of finding redemption and doing what is right. Their transformation seems to happen too quickly and could have benefited from a longer development and more details but still believable and makes for an interesting story. Only issues was the narrator whose voice does not lend any sense of high adventure or epic happenings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Hunter: Legend of Drizzt: Companions Codex, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (285)

    R. A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do’Urden dead.

    Derek says: "The feeling of adventure is back!"
    "Scimitars flashing along side deep introspection"
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    The companions of the hall are both familiar and different. The story feels like walking down the same path again but there is no sense of boredom or déjà vu, more like what something drizzt himself would put it as “meeting up with old friends and finding out what is new”. It goes back to the roots of what drizzt’s stories are about with some predictable and surprising plot twist.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rift in the Races: The Galactic Mage Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Daulton
    • Narrated By David Bodtcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Rift in the Races (Book 2 of The Galactic Mage Series) follows the continuing story of powerful Prosperion sorcerer Altin Meade and feisty Earth-fleet officer Orli Pewter in the fight against the mysterious alien Hostiles. The Earth fleet is now moving to take advantage of its recent victory. With better combat strategies and Prosperion wizards only a blink away, the time has come to finish the job they set out to do: destroying the Hostiles. But complications arise.

    lum says: "ORCS & ORDS BEWARE!!!"
    "ORCS & ORDS BEWARE!!!"
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    Altin is no more Mr Nice Mage and Orli’s blaster is locked and loaded.

    The slow start of the first book has given way to an avalanche of action, striking with the power of a fireball and speed of a laser. The stage has been set closer to the ground and the spotlights reveal plots and twists.

    The War Queen shows she is a BADASS! While a certain Fleet Captain still remains an ASS. The love story between our Mage and Fleet Officer makes you want to help get them a room, but the war, strife and misgivings surrounding them will keep you listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Myke Cole
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers - summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed...but not for everyone. Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

    Andrew says: "Exciting and fast paced."
    "X men meets Fellowship of the Ring"
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    It follows up from the first book with plenty of conflict and social reference to discrimination and persecution. Any fan of the X men comics will be able to relate to the characters and the action is fast and furious leading up to a “fellowship” on a journey on “another earth”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Galactic Mage (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Daulton
    • Narrated By David Bodtcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars--a quest that will likely bring about the very consequence he's seeking to escape. Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own--one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to destroy humanity.

    lum says: "Interesting mix of fantasy & sci fi"
    "Interesting mix of fantasy & sci fi"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It has a slow start to build the background of the two characters. One is the story of a young and upcoming bookworm super mage deep in his studies and the other is about the exploits of a rookie fleet science officer travelling the stars. On its own each is a standard story line in the genre of fantasy and sci fi but at the end the combination created an Interesting mix of both that is rarely seem. The writing is lightweight and their character development standard but overall an entertaining read and fine addition to any fan of fantasy or sci fi.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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