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  • Imager's Intrigue

  • The Third Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Rhenn's past catches up to him in this third entry in L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s hit Imager Portfolio series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finish for this part of the portfolio.

  • By Tom N. on 09-03-10

Great book...but audible app still suckd

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Great book. Loved it...only distraction was the audible app but since thats a HUGE part it makes for a lower score. publish o n an app more worried about the user then the ads and id give 5 star

  • Treachery’s Tools

  • Imager Portfolio Series, Book 10
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Alastar has settled into his role as the Maitre of the Collegium. Now married with a daughter, he would like nothing better than to focus his efforts on improving Imager Isle and making it more self-sufficient. However, the rise in fortune of the merchant classes in Solidar over the years does not sit well with the High Holders, who see the erosion of their long-enjoyed privileges. Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Getting a bit repetitive

  • By Matthew Van Buskirk on 10-26-16

typical Modesitt...Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

typical modisett...excellent. nothing else tosay but this stupid audible interface requires fifteen words to submit

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book!

  • By Loyd Simpson on 01-10-18

Classic epic fantasy. Unpredictable throughout.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Starts out as a typical coming of age story but grows into an unexpected story of epic scale with multiple characters fleshed out well. The key antagonists are a bit cleche but it doesnt really distract enough to ruin the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Robot Adept

  • Apprentice Adept Series, Book 5
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

The robotic Mach and the human Bane are the only contact between the technological world of Photon and the fantastical world of Phaze. So the Adverse Adepts devise a scheme to control the duo by kidnapping their lovers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eager for more

  • By Peter on 01-16-17

Terrible story failed attempt at a sci fi romance

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Doesnt really move the story anywhere. Lots of sex that all to often comes off as more naseating then anything else

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Footnotes, please!

  • By Joe B. on 09-10-17

Flashbacks and multiple names oh my

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

loved the first book but seemed the author went over the top trying to be confusing. Flashbacks are always messy but add in shapshifting and multiple idetities and all to often I just found it all overly complex.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spellmonger

  • By Heather Turiello on 11-14-17

Teenage fantasy

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

What disappointed you about Spellmonger?

Reads like a wet dream. Granted it is fantasy but really wish Audible would classify this kinda book as Romance\Erotica instead of SciFi.

Has Spellmonger turned you off from other books in this genre?

I never like the romatic\erotica genre so I cant say it im turned off. But I am getting pretty tired of Audibles idea of SCIFI\Fantasy so perhaps I am beginning to get tired of the audible defined genre.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ok hes easy to listen to and he expresses the story well.

What character would you cut from Spellmonger?

The Protaganist and the endless line of women hes either having sex with, trying to avoid having sex with or thinking about why he would or wouldnt have sex with.

  • The Dragonbone Chair

  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book One
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 33 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I had dared hope

  • By Tose on 07-30-16

Performed like a soap opera

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

The reader over exagetates EVERYTHING. nearly impossible to keep track of who is speaking. Reader will switch to a whisper or emphasis a word at random. Things that sound dramatic and important are just commentary. Might be a good story but after 4 attempts I cant keep track. 7 hours in and constant whispering of the reader has driven me to stop....again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reality Dysfunction

  • Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338

In AD 2600, the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on Audible!! My favorite Hamilton series!

  • By Patrick on 04-05-16

Pornographic Homo\Hetro Erotica

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

What did you like best about The Reality Dysfunction? What did you like least?

The Hetro and Homo sexual imagery ruined the book before I could even get into the story. Ive been gritting my teath listening to Hamilton for a while. The science fiction was just good enough to make enduring the perverted teenage imagination of sex just tolerable. But homosexual Rape in the middle of a bloody pentagram. Just wish audible would get thier catagorizations right this is Porn and should be marked

What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write Science Fiction. Stop trying to be the next king of Porn.

What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

John Lee always does well. What could he have changed? He never should have agreed to do the book. Ruined a bit of my respect definitely won't chose based on the fact that he's narrating again.

Did The Reality Dysfunction inspire you to do anything?

Never buy another book from Hamilton.

Any additional comments?

Every book Hamilton writes his descent into pornography gets a little more nauseating. An imagination once filled with incredibly detailed concepts of Science Fiction and the future of of human society has degraded beyond redemption at least for me. Looks like yet another author I will never read again.

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Unique twist on first contact

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Great book listened ng to it for the third time as I prepare to listen to the latest in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Mirror

  • Bridei Trilogy #1
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

One bitter Midwinter's Eve, everything changes when Bridei finds a child on their doorstep - a child abandoned by the Fair Folk. It is the height of ill fortune to have truck with the Fair Folk, and all in the area counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Curtis on 08-12-13

Romance Novel in a Fantasy setting

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

Any additional comments?

There is a completely undefined magic system in the book and some apparently other world beings but all in all this is much more a romance novel in a fantasy setting then it is a Fantasy novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful