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  • Legend

  • Drenai, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Legends Come to Audible

  • By Carol on 06-26-17

Epic Fantasy - A good read...

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

This is a good read if you love epic fantasy genre books. It is more sophisticated with character development than most books of this genre.
Legend is the first book published by the author in 1984. I will be reading more of his books.

If you like this book or this genre and are looking for other books I recommend the following books:

01) Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
02) The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
03) The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
04) A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
05) The Warded Man - Peter V. Brett
06) --- Harbinger - Shae Ford
07) Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
08) The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
09) Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
10) Imager - L.E. Modesitt Jr.
11) The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
11) Blood Song - Anthony Ryan
13) The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
14) Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera
15) Thief's Magic
16) The Dragons of Dorcastle The Pillars of Reality
17) Age of Myth
18) Free the Darkness
19) The Way of Shadows

Note: the order of the books 1,2,3 is not an order for what I think is "best" although "The Eye of the World" and "The Name of the Wind" are my favorites.

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,181

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Excellent Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Any additional comments?

Book held my interest... could not stop listening, still awake til 4:00 am... Love Thomas Perry books!If you've read all of Thomas Perry's books I recommend the following audio books:

Killing Floor
Sharpe's Tiger
The Lion's Game
Shibumi
Satori
A clean Kill in Tokyo
The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)
Beat the Reaper
American Assassin
The Gray Man
Fear Nothing Dean Koontz
Rules of Prey
Absolute Power
The Whole Truth

88 of 97 people found this review helpful

  • House of Eight Orchids

  • By: James Thayer
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William - children of the American consul - were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city's master criminal. Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch's most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger. On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride!

  • By JudyK on 07-19-16

Very good.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Any additional comments?

Very good tale.
Style of reader fits the book very well.
I would like to listen to more books from this author.

Books kinda like this book that listeners might also like are:

Shibumi
Satori
The Power of One. ^This books is a favorite of mine
Brother Fish
Gai-Jin
Shogun
A Clean Kill in Tokyo: John Rain, Book 1
The Cleaner
The Lion's Game
Beat the Reaper
The Butcher's Boy
The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)
Sharpe's Tiger
Dead I may well be
Rules of Prey
The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time ^This books is a favorite of mine
The Name of the Wind ^This books is a favorite of mine

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Remnants and Shadows

  • The Dying Lands Chronicle
  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Thannuel and Moira have been promised to each other since birth. Just as they are growing, both as individuals and together, the Marishee probe deep into Arlethia and strike at House Kerr, attempting to abduct Thannuel and assassinate Moira. While the attempt barely fails, it leaves them questioning their relationship and deeply contemplating their future together. Amnoch, master of the hold guard for House Kerr and member of the furtive Gyldenal Order, sets out on a quest to discover more about the Marishee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By S2G on 06-27-15

Romance and more

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Any additional comments?

The romance that was not told in "The Circle of Reign" is found in this short story along with other insights to the future of the series.

I love this book. Some of it is similar to "The Eye of the World" (which is one of my favorite epic fantasy genre books).

Also while you are waiting for the next book to be release of this series I highly recommend that you might also read: "Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One"

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Ascension

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Gen was a bard's apprentice, his nimble hands meant for the lute and his voice for a song. Then the half-mad and completely bored Shadan Khairn invaded Gen's village to winter there and start a war. He shoved a sword in Gen's hands and tormented his body, shaping a bard into a warrior to be killed for sport. As the days of torture pile up like the snow, Gen searches for death. But the day is at hand when the shattered shards of the world will knit together again, and the world's slain god will be reborn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good fantasy series

  • By Skipper on 09-08-15

Fantastic Epic Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Where does Ascension rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think in the top 10 books.
My top two favorite Epic Fantasy genre books are:
Eye of the World
The Name of the Wind

More books I liked very much.
Eye of the Moonrat
The Way of Kings
The Warded Man
Harbinger
A Game of Thrones
Wizard's First Rule
A Crucible of Souls
The Way of Shadows
Jhereg: Vlad Taltos
Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo
The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth
Thief's Magic
Jaunten
Circle of Reign
Riddle in Stone
The Blacksmith's Son
Beguilement
The Shadow of the Torturer
Poison Study
Luck in the Shadows
Circle of Reign

Some of these books (above) are for younger ages some are more for adults...

What other book might you compare Ascension to and why?

"Ascension" is like "Eye of the World" in that we are cheering for the hero! A honest good guy. We want to see a romance develop (yet none in this book). Bad people, yet not that we hate them yet.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am a fan of Simon Vance. He is a high quality performer.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Fell asleep listening then finished next day on a road trip. I listened to this on a road trip.

23 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • From Here to Eternity

  • By: James Jones
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 36 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genius on Every Level

  • By aaron on 06-13-13

Very Solid Read

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Any additional comments?

This book is "Solid" in terms not just a fluff book you read and forget and move on to the next read.

The book makes you think a bit.The story is not contrived especially the romances. It is somewhat closer to real life than "romance" novels.

The beginning was a bit slow.

I almost abandoned the book, but hung in there.

The setting is at a army base but a lot of the book was about people and the characters. For the time and morals of the American culture when the book was published it was quite racy.

WOW. Great book!

Closest book like this I can think of is "A Prayer for Owen Meany".

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Foundling

  • Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One
  • By: D.M. Cornish
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • D.M. Cornish....A New Star?

  • By Zreea on 05-01-12

Excellent Story for the Whole Family

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

Any additional comments?

Good story for adults and 11 yrs old and up.

Perfect book for "family time" or on a road trips.

The feel after listening to it is the happy glow you have walking out of a movie theater watching a happy movie.

While this is a book that will suck you into the series, it ends a good place to feel it was complete.

NOTE:I do recommend using wireless Bluetooth speakers for listing to audio books instead of ear buds (connected to smart phone). Speakers are better for preventing hearing loss vs earbuds. And this is possibly the solution for a family listen to a audio book together.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159

In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less about the arrival more about the ride

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-26-12

A book of substance.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Any additional comments?

This was quite a solid story. Not a book with just 'fluff'. It has complexity that is not found in young adult reads.

It is somewhat like the book "A Game of Thrones" or "Pillars of the Earth". It has villains, subplots, complexity, bad things that happen to good people...

Some other books of depth and quality readers who liked this book might also enjoy are:

"The Power of One"
"The Sea Wolf"
"A Prayer for Owen Meany"
"The Virginian"
"Q & A" a.k.a "Slumdog Millionaire" by Vikas Swarup
"Shantaram"
"To Kill A Mockingbird"
"I Captured the Castle"
"Mr American"
"The Winds of War"

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragons of Dorcastle

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,454

The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda.

  • By Katie on 12-05-14

Action and Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Any additional comments?

Lots of Action with a long budding romance.

This book as an excellent plot.

If you loved this young adult book and want one similar that has strong plot and romance I recommend you read:

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Lorna Doone

If you are looking for an action series with page turning plots for family and young adults.
Circle of Reign
The Thought Readers
Eye of the Moonrat
The Iron Trial
Altar of Influence
A Crucible of Souls

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Lorna Doone [Naxos]

  • By: R. D. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death; but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another; and that other will not let her go lightly. Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than reading it

  • By vhuggins on 04-19-12

Fantastic Fiction with Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

Any additional comments?

This is one of the BEST BOOK that I have ever listened to!

Not so much because of the performance but because of the plot.

I am amazed that this book published in 1869 had such moving impact as story in these modern times.

The plot was totally unpredictable right to the very end. Having some foreknowledge of the story via a movie was more of a problem for me because the story was so different and contains much more substance.

I highly recommend this book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful