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  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,025

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

this was fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

I enjoyed the reader and the book moved at a nice pace. a lot of ends were tied up in this book all in all I would recommend this series as it is vidrant and has a great concept

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonvein, Book One

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,638

Carentan, France, 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story but very light on in details.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-16-15

exceptional read narrator reads well good book

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

Reviewed: 12-20-15

book was great narrator is very good expressing the characters changing tones for each person and drawing the listeners into the story. The book its self has a great fantasy story line encouraging the listeners to want more. I cannot wait to hear the next book in the series.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Stars

  • The Starfolk, Book 2
  • By: Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Satisfying End to the Duology, With a Caveat

  • By Matthew on 03-11-14

excellant audio book

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Where does Queen of Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in my top 10

What other book might you compare Queen of Stars to and why?

its definitely it own but if i had to relate it to another book series it would be The Woods Out Back.

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

He stepped out of the box and took fantasy to a new direction.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Queen of Stars it was a perfect title and should stay the title.

Any additional comments?

a must read.

  • Deadhouse Gates

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 34 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Thirsty Book

  • By Benjamin on 08-06-13

Great book with alot of detail

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

Reviewed: 10-21-13

What made the experience of listening to Deadhouse Gates the most enjoyable?

The characters are well developed and the author vividly set the stage

What other book might you compare Deadhouse Gates to and why?

brent weeks shadow assassin series. The details and settings are deep in detail often overly vivid i detail.

What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

great reader sets the mood well.

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

yes but impossible

Any additional comments?

great read

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart audiobook cover art
  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So I'm definitely getting the book now...

  • By AudioAddict on 03-27-14

excellent teaser cannot wait to hear or read more

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

Reviewed: 09-22-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes its bring a new modern fantasy to life. love the mix of super power villains and gangster era/future setting.

What other book might you compare The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart to and why?

Its style is new but it flows well id compare it to robert jordans wheel of time series. The main character doesn't just jump in his role and he doesn't just go with his role which is similar to the wheel of time series

What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

he reads well and I would enjoy listening to more of his reads in the future.

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

Made me think. If such an event happened the results would be likely the same.

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait to finish this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,602
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,615

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

One of the best stories I have heard

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

Reviewed: 06-13-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This entire series is amazing with two readers you feel the characters come to life. Read book 1 i bet you too with find yourself reading this book too.

What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

Well I think that Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson did an awesome job closing this series and if i had to compare it i think i would go with Brent Weeks Shadow trilogy as it too has the main character adjusting to his role and becoming what he needs to become.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard all 13 of the books prior to this in the series and they do an awesome job they really make you involved with the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many i often found myself laughing do to a comment or action in the book (sorry no spoilers)

Any additional comments?

RIP ROBERT JORDAN - You left an amazing story behind I will certainly share this with friends and family.

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,244

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing yet demanding high epic

  • By Adnan on 11-20-12

Hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 06-13-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is good if you can understand what is going on however it seems to skip around and follows too many characters without piecing them together. All in all if you have the time to listen and re listen to the book a few times it is a good story the reader was very good i have the book in paper form as well and it is also hard to follow.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was good and it leads you to the next book in the series

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

he give the characters depth and is very creative with distinguishing each character

Could you see Gardens of the Moon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

it would make a good series but not a movie it has too many different roles and i am unsure who to put in what role.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Rising

  • Book Four of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,864
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,895

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST of the Wheel of Time

  • By Mica on 04-27-08

A truely perfect fantasy it has it all

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

Where does The Shadow Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This continuation of the wheel of time series is perfect it pull at you makes you wish you were part of robert jordans tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Perren Ebara (likely not spelled correct) His fight between what he is who he loves and what he needs to become truely makes you think.

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

The readers played all of the character great even giving them their own accents excellent work

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

impossible you need to sleep sometime however yes.

Any additional comments?

looking forward to the next book

  • The Great Hunt

  • Book Two of The Wheel Of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,592

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By So Fain on 04-24-10

excellant continuation of a great story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

Would you listen to The Great Hunt again? Why?

yes because its an addiction after reading book one.

Who was your favorite character and why?

i dont normally choose the main character however rand is most certainly my favorite.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

they do a great job reading it even their voices dramatize the story

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The hope of the world rests with three boys

0 of 1 people found this review helpful