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  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was heavy

  • By June C. on 07-09-18

Great Finale!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Worthy trilogy, great performance! Well organized plot. Meaningful, valuable characters and spiteful villains. Worth the listen!

  • Sins of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making a great book: Mystery, magic, and mayhem

  • By Jason Grosch on 03-29-17

Great all around

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

solid performance combined with a strong storyline that was easy to follow from a mcpv.

  • Slab City Blues - The Collected Stories

  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Alex McLeod paid dearly during the war for independence from Earth. It left the detective disfigured, jaded and alone. In the aftermath of victory, Alex seethes as criminal factions and cold-blooded killers clash over control of the newly-liberated confederation. In his crusade for justice in the free states, he's willing to break more than a few rules along the way...

The only home Alex knows is the slums of Slab, an orbiting city teeming with lowlifes, back-stabbers and gene-spliced monstrosities. From the grimy streets of his city to the lawless Asteroid Belt, Alex goes toe-to-toe with a sharp-clawed vigilante, a mythical serial killer, and a gorgeous vampire with an ominous message. His quest won't end until his homeland earns the freedom it was promised…

But even Alex may not be able to stop the impending Reckoning and a voyage to the one place he swore he'd never return: Earth...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid future noir and other tales

  • By Al on 12-06-17

fun, fast-paced, great early Ryan

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

shows author's depth and ability to develop compelling characters in a world populated by members of every fantasy subgenre-and not only does it work-the reader can't help but like them.

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

Great Trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Hamilton is fast becoming one of the top up and coming authors of high fantasy. He is on par with Joe Abercrombie and Anthony Ryan.

  • The Legion of Flame

  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

For centuries the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood - and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed - to fuel and protect its empire. But now a fearsome power has arisen - a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good continuation of the series

  • By Isobel on 07-13-17

Why change a winning narrator?

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I have read or listened to everything Anthony Ryan has ever published. This is the only book he has ever written that felt hurried and poorly layed out. That is painful to write, as I am a huge fan. Book One in this series is so compelling and the narrator was so good, I cannot understand the change. This narrator makes several of the main characters sound like ridiculous bumpkins. I am sorry, Mr. Ryan, but have this re-read for the sake of your fans. Three stars only because of my sincere loyalty.

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  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

  • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

Solid, A Brilliant New Take On A Classical Tale

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Bernard Cornwell is to historical Anglo- fiction what Dave Brubeck was to jazz-dependable, underrated, charasmatic, and as capable of creating as many sublime narratives as the musician bequeathed melodies. Cornwell is a tough, workingman's 'R.R. Martin, that mixes kernels of truth, socio-psychology, historical research second to none, with the epic fantasy beloved by fans of the genre. Here is something for everyone, but I am far less sophisticated than some reviewers. If you are looking for hidden robotics (Prince of Thorns), or Battlemages hurling ice waves like the D.C. Comic's best forgotten "Wonder Twins," (think anything Rothfuss) then you may be unnerved by the pitiful druids that populate the world of Arthur.

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,948

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

pretty good. no Joe Abercrombie, but who is?

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

The protagonist is vile, but at least in part that is the workings of those puppet masters behind the scenes. I found the introduction of a computer odd. it was ok. I will finish the series.

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Start to a New Series

  • By Joshua on 09-21-16

Anthony Ryan blows me away again. He and Joe A.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Anthony Ryan saddened me by not continuing with Raven's Blood, but I going myself immediately enthralled by the steam punk setting and the dubiously sensational product-based economy. Some twists I never saw coming. He and Abercrombie humble Martin. Period.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is heaven

  • By David on 01-10-11

The Best...

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

The First Law Series is better than Lord of the Rings or Ice and Fire. Just is. Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he's raised the bar.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,071

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

Of Course

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

Joe Abercrombie and Anthony Ryan are the two best fantasy writers alive. This lead off installment to the series will have you hooked, and the performance is perfect.