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  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

40 minutes of substance and 15 + hrs of dribble

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I could walk away from this book and come back 3 hrs later - And it still be on the same subject! Just minute little details and random thoughts droning on and on.

I fast forwarded the last 4 hrs of this book till I got somewhere partly interesting.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hawke

  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 595

Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a secret compartment on his father's yacht, Alex sees his parents brutally murdered by three modern-day pirates. It is an event that will haunt him for the remainder of his life. Now, fully grown and one of England's most decorated naval heroes, Hawke is back in the same Caribbean waters on a secret mission for the American government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent

  • By Steve on 02-25-18

Is the narrator the voice for Winnie the Pooh?

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

My god... I feel like my grandfather is telling me this story. The writing is terribly old school & Not in a good way.

I really do feel like Christopher Robbins was going to pop up in the story somewhere, The narrator wants to put me to sleep.

I listened for an hour hoping... But I'm calling it quits

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,056

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not completely horrible. . .

  • By cody king on 09-19-17

Really? For adults only? PG 13 at best

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I have listened to the 1st 3 books and now understand that these book are made to go on forever - And Ever....

The 3rd book is by far the slowest. I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish due to lack of interest. Did you every have someone telling you a good story - but at some point you start looking at your watch thinking - Speed it up Kade! Every series must come to a conclusion or at least a story line in that series. Lets wrap it up please..

Also - It's nonsense to introduce this book as some kind of adult book. I guess they wanted to pull in more readers. There was no more or less violence than any other fantasy book and the sexual innuendos are PG > Not even PG 13... You want a hard core book with innuendos - Check the series > Embers of Illeniel...

Having said all that - Reskin is a very interesting character.. And the writing is pretty good... Nick Podehl is a crazy good narrator!

Side thought - I wish Reskin wouldn't go from taking on an entire assassin guild to tripping over his own feet sometimes..






  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,525

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Better the second time around

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I guess the old timers is really getting to me. I didn’t remember listening to this book. As I relistened, it started coming back.

Rat Porter is in my top five so that part is easy..

The characters were all pretty good. The storyline was believable. What more can be said? On to book 2

J

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayer's Bane

  • Embers of Illeniel, Book 3
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Tyrion was a good person who had been born to a simple family and raised with love, but the world has shaped him for a different fate. Twisted by violence and torture, he is obsessed with a relentless desire for vengeance, and he has sown the seeds of wrath in his children. The She'Har have offered him the opportunity to be a great leader and usher in a new era of prosperity and peace, but, despite his gentle beginnings, Tyrion is no hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book perfectly performed.

  • By james on 09-06-17

Crazy Awesome...

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

I'm not sure if this was the conclusion to the series - But the ending was awesome. Not how I imagined - Which made it even better.

As weird as some of the concepts were in this series - It was equally genius. The character building was incredible. I understood each person and their personalities. Bridgett was a work of art. The way she was developed and her psyche was disturbingly intriguing.

As a struggling writer - I feel inadequate listing to this book, as well as inspired.

Also - Alex Wyndham has moved into my top ten narrator list. His switch between characters was flawless. His male and female voices were incredible and easy to listen to.

J

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mountains Rise

  • Embers of Illeniel, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

**See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • suspenseful . you keep wanting more.

  • By Mike on 05-08-15

Very well crafted book. Smart and Titillating

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

You don't get to use the term titillating too much with books in the fantasy category - But this book deserves that description.

I like the way the book was formatted.. In other books of this genre' - I found that when you have to remember 600 different names with different pronunciations - That all sound similar - While traveling from past to present every other chapter - It can get a little confusing. This book is straight forward - With well developed characters.

I went through a few different emotions while listening to this book.

I downloaded the 2nd book in the series & It has been very good as well. I only have a few minutes left - But I have already downloaded book 3.. I kind of hope it ends there - Because there is no book 4 as of yet & I hate waiting =0)

J

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,949
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,960

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Obviously there is a calling for this

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

But unfortunately - It's not my calling.

I enjoy fantasy once in awhile. I've just listened to Son of the Black sword for the 3rd time & Still enjoyed a lot.

I don't know what to really say.. I can't write a bad review because I just didn't like it - When obviously thousands of other did... But I can't write a good review either. No offence to the fantasy world - But i'm pretty sure if I wrote a book and threw in some magic - It would be a top seller, because there's a world of magic lovers that will read anything with a dragon or sorcerer in there.. Truthfully - This book isn't the Game of Thrones or anything - Or the Riyria Chronicles - Or even Son of The Black Sword... There is fantasy & There's too much fantasy.. This book is a little too much fantasy. As well as too many plot lines to follow.. New creatures & characters to try and remember. And so on.

This review is for the readers that are just curious about fantasy - Obviously the Sanderson fanatics will be pressing not helpful in the review section.. But I'm not in this to be the top reviewer.

J

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,051

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Better than average

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

I was getting into the book - But have a couple of issues..

1. I'm still trying to figure out the timeline and see if everything works.. They went back and forth so much - It's a little hard to tell.

2. It's not one of those books you never wished would end. It dragged unnecessarily long - Especially towards the end..

3. I really hate scenarios where someone will tell another person over the phone - I know who took me - But I want to tell you in person.. Just tell the person & Then tell the story afterwards.. Also - A little dramatic towards the end... And drawn out..

Other than your husband getting shot Mrs Lincoln - How was the play?

Not bad actually.. It had a pretty good idea in there..

J

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Werewolf Cop

  • By: Andrew Klavan
  • Narrated by: Andrew Klavan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not about the fall, but the recovery.

  • By WizeManBOB on 07-14-15

I thought I would try something different

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Unfortunately- It didn’t work out.

The narrator is not that good - Well spoken - But I can’t relate his voice to any character.

The story doesn’t unfold in a way that I enjoy..

I don’t know how to say what I am trying to say about this book.

I am really surprised by the good reviews.

J

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,513

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

So bad - I don’t know where to begin

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book is bad on so many levels. An hour to go and I just don’t care.

Without giving anything away - Here’s a couple problems.

The main character is talking to his brother through the whole book. His dead brother. His dead brother from 15 years ago.

He’s still pining over some girl that he dated in high school 15 years ago. Then when they see each other again - They get right after it and recognize their undying love for each other. Uhhh - I can’t tell who’s more effeminate. The girl - The Guy- Or Harlan Coben for writing this silliness. I’m going with Harlan

Of course there is the typical getting held hostage and being miraculously saved gig -That’s a must for every bad book. If you listen to that part, somebody tell me how this person that was supposedly kidnapped by the same person broke loose and saved this guy.. Because it doesn’t explain it in the book. Or maybe it does and I stopped caring.

I won’t go on.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful