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  • Perilous Seas: A Man of His Word, Book 3 | Dave Duncan

    Perilous Seas: A Man of His Word, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    Queen Inos was badly shaken. Loyal, trustworthy Rap, who was supposed to have died, appeared to her. With this as a sign, Inos knew that she would serve her people, no matter what. But Rap was alive, and he would do whatever he could to help, even as his life took a turn for the worse....

    Joe Chad says: "continues to get better"
  • The Coming of Wisdom | Dave Duncan

    The Coming of Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    The Goddess had rescued Wallie Smith from certain death, endowed him with a magnificent new body, and gifted him with the legendary Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. She asked only one service in return...So Wallie became the Goddess' champion -- and promptly found himself on the losing side in a battle against magics far beyond any the priests of the Goddess could hope to summon.

    Skipper says: "Fun story continues!"
  • The Destiny of the Sword | Dave Duncan

    The Destiny of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    Wallie Smith had been dying on another world when the Goddess transferred his mind to the body of the barbarian swordsman Shonsu. Then She gave him the great, magical Sapphire Sword of Chioxin and sent him on a mission. All he had to do was to lead the arrogant band of swordsmen to destroy the sorcerers and their Fire God. Now Wallie discovered that he'd already tried it - and been hopelessly defeated.

    Jarred Johnson says: "Open your mind to a grand adventure."
  • The Reluctant Swordsman | Dave Duncan

    The Reluctant Swordsman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (345)

    Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true?

    Joe says: "An enjoyable listen"
  • Emperor and Clown: A Man of His Word, Book 4 | Dave Duncan

    Emperor and Clown: A Man of His Word, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    The loyal stableboy Rap had fought through hell and high water to rescue Inos, his queen. But once he did, he found that she had already married the accursed Sultan Azak, who had despoiled her beauty. As Inos follows her destiny, and Azak his, Rap awaits his fate at the hands of torturers....

    Sailfish says: "A Fabulously Written Saga"
  • Faery Lands Forlorn: A Man of His Word, Book 2 | Dave Duncan

    Faery Lands Forlorn: A Man of His Word, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    Inos, the late king's daughter, had been kidnapped through the magic casement even as the Impish legions overrunning her tiny kingdom were storming the castle tower. Now she was a prisoner in a desert land ruled by a dockside whore with a talent for magic and a passion for politics. She little dreamed that the loyal stableboy Rap had jumped through the casement after her. But no one really knew how the magic worked, and Rap found himself not in a desert, but in the steaming jungles of Faerie....

    Joe Chad says: "another great book by Dave Duncan"
  • Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1 | Dave Duncan

    Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (252)

    Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.

    Sean Dustman says: "One of my favorite Fantasy Series"
  • The Cutting Edge: Part One of A Handful of Men | Dave Duncan

    The Cutting Edge: Part One of A Handful of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Beautiful Queen Inos married the loyal stableboy Rap and made him her king. They were very much in love, and they lived happily ever after. Fifteen years went by. Rap and Inos were comfortable, secure, and truly happy, raising their family in the little backwater kingdom of Krasnegar, well removed from the hurly-burly of great affairs.... But in far-off Hub, the old Imperor's health - and, some said, his sanity - deteriorated inexorably. The borderlands were seething....

    Ryan M. Kelley says: "High expectations"
  • Queen of Stars: The Starfolk, Book 2 | Dave Duncan

    Queen of Stars: The Starfolk, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    Rigel has found a new home and new love in the Starlands, the magical realm responsible for his half-human, half-elfin heritage. But despite ridding the kingdom of horrific monsters and using his unequaled swordsmanship to help a new queen ascend to the throne, he has no time to savor these early victories.

    Matthew says: "A Satisfying End to the Duology, With a Caveat"
  • Ill Met in the Arena | Dave Duncan

    Ill Met in the Arena

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
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    Though Quirt’s name is little-known, his skills as a gladiator are quickly obvious and hard to match. In Aureity, noblemen battle in the arena circuit, using their powers of teleportation and telekinesis to prove their breeding and strength. The prizes at play are not only silver and bronze but also the chance to rise amongst the nobility and mate with the ruling class of women. Older than most players, Quirt still manages to draw attention and awe through his mastery of the games.

    Pamela Weber Pezoa says: "Hated performance. Please disregard story rating"
  • King of Swords: The Starfolk, Book 1 | Dave Duncan

    King of Swords: The Starfolk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (149)

    Rigel has always known he is not quite human, but the only clue to his origin is the otherworldly bracelet he has worn since childhood. His search for his parentage leads him to the Starlands, where reality and fantasy have changed places. There he learns that he is a human-starborn cross, and his bracelet is the legendary magical amulet Saiph, which makes its wearer an unbeatable swordsman.

    Benjamin says: "Forget the mattock; dig in with a teaspoon"
  • The Death of Nnanji | Dave Duncan

    The Death of Nnanji

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    For 15 years the truce has held. Swordsmen of the Tryst of Casr have kept the peace and extended the rule of law over half the World, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again, and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Shonsu-who was Wallie Smith before he became a swordsman of the seventh rank and liege lord of the Tryst-must once more gird on the seventh sword of Chioxin, and this time he rides out to fight the war that he hoped would never come.

    Skipper says: "Good series ends here"
  • Upland Outlaws: Part Two of A Handful of Men | Dave Duncan

    Upland Outlaws: Part Two of A Handful of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    The old Imperor was dead at last. His popular soldier grandson, known as Shandie, had succeeded him... Hadn't he? No, he hadn't. The man who sat the opal throne was not Shandie, but an illusion created by the mad dwarf, Xinixo. Year after year he had stealthily been enchanting sorcerers, turning them into loyal minions. Now, wielding their combined power, he was irresistible. He ruled the Impire, so he ruled the world. He would continue to rule it for centuries.

    Ron says: "Keeps Getting Better"
  • The Living God: Part Four of A Handful of Men | Dave Duncan

    The Living God: Part Four of A Handful of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    The sorcerer Zinixo had declared himself the Almighty. Now goblin hordes ravish the Impire. Dragons incinerate entire legions. And the slave-sorcerers of the Covin practice whatever barbarities Zinixo requires. It is only a matter of time before the mad Zinixo is almighty in fact as well as name - unless Rap of Krasnegar can conjure up a miracle.

    Ryan M. Kelley says: "I love it when a plan comes together!"
  • Present Tense | Dave Duncan

    Present Tense

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the midst of the horror of the first World War, a stranger falls from nowhere into the mud and death of the Flanders battlefield - bruised, babbling, and stark naked...with a remarkable story to tell. Wrongly accused murderer Edward Exeter has reappeared on this Earth hearing scars and secrets. From somewhere he calls next door - a place old godly intrigues and an ancient prophecy that he wants no part of. But powerful forces on both sides of a mystical border have other plans for the young fugitive.

  • Future Indefinite | Dave Duncan

    Future Indefinite

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Edward Exeter assumes the mantle of Liberator in the strange, alternate world called Nextdoor - a far-flung outpost of British imperialism where earthborn mortals possess the powers of gods. His decision has made him the target of betrayals and murderous plots. But Exeter has learned the Game well in his short time in Nextdoor and he plays it boldly to its unexpected, worlds-shattering conclusion.

  • Past Imperative | Dave Duncan

    Past Imperative

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In a world on the brink of madness...In the summer of 1914, a young man beyond reproach awakens under police guard grievously injured and accused of heinous, impossible murder.

    James says: "Great portal fantasy, despite drab reading"
  • A Rose-Red City | Dave Duncan

    A Rose-Red City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The city of Mera is a fortress hidden from the rest of humanity, a sanctuary for the diverse group of people rescued from death by the Oraclethat rules the city. The Oracle has brought together the citizens of Merafrom every land and every time period, protecting them from the ravages oftime, death and the evil demon forces that howl outside the city at night.

  • The Alchemist's Apprentice | Dave Duncan

    The Alchemist's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    When the Council of 10 takes the seer Nostradamus into custody, suspecting him of poisoning a friend of the prince, his young apprentice must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.

    M Kruse says: "Excellent Book."
  • The Alchemist's Code | Dave Duncan

    The Alchemist's Code

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    When Nostradamus is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice's ruling Council of 10, the only clues they can offer him are the spy's intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher. Nostradamus turns to his able apprentice, the young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth.

    David says: "Slow start--keep going"
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