LISTENER

Steve H.

Williamsburg, VA
  • 5
  • reviews
  • 24
  • helpful votes
  • 92
  • ratings
  • Kingdom Blades

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 4
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874

After the events the first three books in Melissa McPhail's award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow and Light, the realm of Alorin remains unbalanced. The Fifth Vestal, Bjorn van Gelderan, has cast his Players on the field. Now they must hold their positions against Malorin'athgul as well as their immortal allies. In Kandori...Prince Ean val Lorian is bound to Bjorn van Gelderan's game and to his sister Isabel, but Ean would rather be free of both of them. Yet he fears the game won't let him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Finally a series that lives up to WOT!

  • By Parker on 03-22-17

loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

this was a great book. I loved the series. kept me on the edge of my seat.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,011

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Great story! Makes me want the rest, now.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I loved this book. I went through the book in a little over a week. the book had a great plot, good character development and an excellent storyline. I am excited about the next book in the series.

  • The Skull Throne

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 25 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hm

  • By MissRed on 04-05-15

Brett does a great job of continuing the saga!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-15

If you could sum up The Skull Throne in three words, what would they be?

Good as Always!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Skull Throne?

No character is safe

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say which scene was my favorite. There were many action packed scenes, but lots of characters, which are primary characters, are killed off.

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

I loved it. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was grateful that there weren't any boring parts that I wanted to fast forward through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance, hit a home run!

  • By Mike on 01-14-15

OMG! Amazing story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-15

I loved it. This has a great story, plot and character development. I highly recommend this book.

  • Polgara the Sorceress

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narrator

  • By Steve H. on 05-12-10

Horrible Narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-10

I think Steven hit the nail on the head with his description. The narrator was horrible. I guess she thought that it wasn't necessary to listen to the VOLUMES of books that had been read before this one so as to make things as consistent as possible. I don't know if I can adequately describe how grating on the nerves it is. For example she pronounces ctuchek's name (one of the disciples of Torak) as chew tik. Another one that is grating is Maloria (mah loria), which she reads as mal o ria. Okay, I know, I'm quibbling, but this had such an amateur narrator feel with Ms. Pearlman that I wish I could fire the person that chose to use her as the narrator. This reminds me of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

Now, for David Eddings, he did a great job. I love hearing the story from a different point of view. It is definitely not the same story, unlike what another reviewer wrote. It has the same end, but both stories cover roughly 5000 to 8000 years and they each focus of different things in their histories with some common major events tying them together so that you have a point of reference from Belgarath's point of view.

Great story, would be nicer if they just deleted her recording of it and got somebody a little more qualified.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful