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  • Time Jumpers

  • Five Kingdoms, Book 5
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole's epic adventure comes to a close in book five of the New York Times best-selling "fanciful, action-packed adventure" series (Publishers Weekly), from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. Cole and his friends are pushed to the limit in this finale to the best-selling Five Kingdoms series. Will they finally be able to restore magic to the world of the Outskirts and find their way back home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Talent

  • By Taunia on 06-27-18

Great end to great series!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This is a bit odd for me to say, as I normally am disappointed by these ends; but this was great. It had a clear end, kind of disappointing, as I wish it would continue. There was a great flow, not too fast; nor too slow. Great characters, we even got to see Twitch again! And the story kept me fascinated.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,547

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 will. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

An excellent and humorous read

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

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

...I have. because it is great story with an excellent and immersive plot, and exceedingly humorous.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

X's death.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

David of course! How could he not be...he has some great metaphors...

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

Yes, I have.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,229

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

A great and epic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

What made the experience of listening to Dawn of Wonder the most enjoyable?

a fantastic story line, beautiful writing, and characters some of the greatest characters I've had the pleasure to enjoy.

What other book might you compare Dawn of Wonder to and why?

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. The story has a similar environment, with how the schools are run--minus Blood Songs whole celibacy vows (not really important) but the story and characters are far more engaging.

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

For stories like this, he just seems perfect.

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

Yes...but I had to work:(

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Talent

  • Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the end!

  • By avery on 09-09-16

Listen to the end!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

If you could sum up The Dark Talent in three words, what would they be?

The Smedry Way!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Talent?

When Bastille woke. I felt like a kid again as I laughed. It was probably good that I was in the confines of my own bedroom at that moment, because I was laughing like a maniacal fool.

What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a great assortment of voices, along with life to the characters.

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

The final ultimatum.

Any additional comments?

Please do listen beyond the credits, if not, you will miss something VERY important.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,905

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

far better than I originally believed it would be!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

This is my favorite of Brandon's YA books. the pacing is neither too fast or slow, but perfect. the characters are great and by the end I was fiending for more. And for the performance...well, it's Michael Kramer...need I say more, and for those of you who haven't heard any of his narrations. What have you been listening too!? Get some of them now!

  • Flamecaster

  • Shattered Realms
  • By: Cinda Williams Chima
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Adrian sul'Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic - and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he's closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an ironic find

  • By avery on 04-08-16

an ironic find

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I was going through
my library and thought - hey, the seven reaLms saga was a great series and I wish there was more. then I went to chima's site and found out a sequel came out only the day before.

I don't normally like it when new characters take over; but this was great. the mc is the son of the previous mc's and it would be hard to explain the story without giving much away. so I will say that the style remains true to the previous books air and the narrator - actually I had a hard time believing she wasn't Carol Monda. she did every bit as great a job.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 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 21,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,765

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

Great story but a small bit let down

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Would you listen to Calamity again? Why?

Of course, I am a big Brandon Sanderson fan and this was a great series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite character? Hm, probably David because of his ridiculous sayings and bad a** nature. the combination and the way he uses them makes me laugh and think that is a great use of your fanaticism.

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

Only the Reckoners series which was just as great as the others.

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

Of course... but I had to work so I couldn't.

Any additional comments?

I was a little disappointed with the ending because it was a little anticlimactic but everything leading up to was great.

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,693

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

a story I randomly bought and truly did not regret

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shadow of What Was Lost to be better than the print version?

I would have to have read the print version first to answer anything else would be a lie but I give you two words anyway... Micheal Kramer, enough said.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh, a tough question I like all of the main characters but I truly respected Asha the most. Asha made into a shadow but still made the best out of everything even while despairing over Davian's death. And Davian truly made some foolish decisions but learning the limits of his augur abilities made this a truly enjoyable read.

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

As my favorite narrator I would say five stars without being biased. If you disliked his performance I would have to say get a hearing aid.

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

Don't do it... please I am begginggou.

  • Tigana

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,480

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tigana

  • By Hope on 04-22-12

a great political fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

What made the experience of listening to Tigana the most enjoyable?

Simon Vance brings us a wonderful narration of Guy Gaveral Kay's political fantasy. The story itself not being about the war, fighting, or magic but instead focusing on bringing about the war was different but far more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a hard question to answer... it would be somewhat of a tossup between Devin and Dianora. At first I did not like Dianora for obvious reasons but the author does a good job making you sympathize with her. And Devin I really do not understand why but maybe it was just refreshing and well done not being through the eyes of an actual hero but someone you could more understand. He himself was important but not so important as to being irreplaceable yet when reading through him as an observer who is coming to grip with the reality of the cause he joined and having to come to terms with the things they have to do and him learning that while there may be a just side to it there see no good guy's in war.

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

Of course I have he is one of my favorite narrators. He does a marvelous job bringing the characters to life.

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

Movies kill good books or please don't cry and just close your eyes, the movie will be over shortly... you should hold back your puke till then so you don't keep vomitting.

Any additional comments?

There were some aspects of the book that made no sense like relationships.at the end there was truly no actual buildup but I guess that can be considered more realistic just nitgood for books.
Also Catriana was truly the most idiotic character I have ever read. Fist off, if you consider your father a coward for running from a hopeless battle with his family one everybody knew was hopeless then you are a vain idiotic fool who has no respect for life and the way she treated Devin throughout the book was just sick. I understand what she did bothered her but he was wronged just as much as she and Allesan could have stopped him from going so him more than them both... quite a distraction though.

  • The Demon King

  • A Seven Realms Novel
  • By: Cinda Williams Chima
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

The first of a new young adult trilogy, The Demon King features a former thief, Han, who’s trying to provide for his mother and sister. One day Han, who sports mysterious (and certainly magical) silver cuffs on his wrists, confronts wizards setting fire to a sacred mountain. Now possessing one ofthe wizards’ amulets, Han faces more trouble than he ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooooo Good!!!!!

  • By Sharon on 06-15-13

great start to a fantastic political fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

What did you love best about The Demon King?

I do not really know why but I love political fantasies like this series. Probably because of the more intricate world building you get. Also the characters are so well written and intriguing.

What other book might you compare The Demon King to and why?

That is too hard to answer as I have not read any similar novels on this level. The only other political fantasy I can remember is A Song if Ice and Fire but they are nothing similar.

Which scene was your favorite?

The kidnapping and I say nothing more of that which you would all curse me.

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

Movies destroy good books

Any additional comments?

Carol Manda had done an excellent job narrating and brought all characters to life and made me believe other people helped with the voices (jk) but she brought every one of them too life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful