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  • Knights of Dark Renown

  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Knights of the Gabala were legendary protectors of the Nine Duchies - until they disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Manannan, the Coward Knight, held back. Now he lives in torment. Yet war is coming to the Duchies - and with it Manannan's chance for redemption. But to regain his honour and save his land, he will have to confront his deepest fear. He must ride through the gateway and seek out his lost companions in the unknown world beyond. And the secret he will learn there will tear his soul apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By steve sheppard on 12-23-18

One of Gemmell’s earliest, one of the best

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Gemmell would return many times to the themes and elements in Knights of Dark Renown. A child of power finding his destiny. A story teller turning villains into heroes. A simple man becoming a legend. Women to walk the mountains with. Gemmell would eventually polish and greatly refine the mythology of his shared multi-verse, but we would continue to hear the legends of the Knights (or possibly their alternate selves) through the Drenai saga. Worth reading both on its own merits and to give insight into Gemmell’s other work.

The reader does a good job overall, with only a few slips that don’t detract much from the experience.

Highly recommended.

  • Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf

  • Drenai, Book 5
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

High in the wooded, peaked mountains of Skeln, the woodsman, Dakeyras, and his beautiful daughter, Miriel, live a life of harmonious solitude. Unbeknown to them, a group of grim-eyed, bloodthirsty warriors stalk the mountains. Men who have never known defeat, to whom revenge and torture are meat and drink. For 10,000 in gold they are eager to kill the woodsman. Battle-hardened warriors all, they have no fear of this task - but they should have.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story missing last chapter

  • By Robert on 08-23-17

Beautiful story missing last chapter

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Waylander II has long been one of my favorites. The story is Gemmell at his best, and this performance is excellent. However, the final chapter and epilogue are missing from this adaptation. The story ends on a flat note at the end of chapter 19. I highly recommend the original book, or the Kindle version. While I enjoyed this adaptation as far as it went, without the ending, I was very disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Jackie Chan

  • My Life in Action
  • By: Jackie Chan
  • Narrated by: Daxing Zhang
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

I Am Jackie Chan is the fascinating, harrowing, ultimately triumphant story of his life: How the rebellious son of refugees in tumultuous 1950s Hong Kong became the disciplined disciple of a Chinese Opera Master. How the "paradise" that young Jackie so eagerly embraced proved to be, in reality, a ruthlessly competitive place. How the dying art of Chinese opera led Jackie to the movie business-and how he made the leap from stunt man to superstar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read the book

  • By Steve on 01-29-15

A good listen, a great story

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

What did you love best about I Am Jackie Chan?

Just finished listening to "I am Jackie Chan", the abridged audiobook version of Chan's autobiography. It's missing some of my favorite stories from the much re-read version that has had its place on my shelves for so long, but it was still a good listen. I'd become a fan of Chan's movies after having been introduced to them by a friend with a passion for martial arts and Chinese cinema. Chan was more accessible than Bruce Lee, with a sense of humor that came through in and complimented his over the top stunt work. There were actors in Hong Kong Cinema who made me laugh more, or who were better fighters, or were telling better stories, but there was something about Chan's silliness that almost always made me happy to spend a few hours watching a man fall down a building or run up a wall. And he really was, at that point in his career, falling down buildings, risking death to get a laugh. That was part of the deal he made with his audience. I've never liked his Hollywood films, but his work in HK even today often has a bit of magic. I'll still watch.There are lessons to be found looking at any life, most of them reminders of things we already know, but then learning often requires review of old information so as to link to new. "I am Jackie Chan" isn't a great book. Chan shares few deep insights about his extraordinary path, or the amazing people he met along the way. But it has been an extraordinary path. I still enjoyed glancing down along it. The hard copy versions are highly recommended. The audiobook version is a pleasant listen. Daxing Zhang's reading shows personality and a fondness for the material, and I'm glad I took the time to hear this story again.

  • Bedding an Assassin

  • By: Stacey LaTorre
  • Narrated by: Anna Castiglioni
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Jolene Moroney never expected to find herself in charge of a whiskey distillery. She also never expected to find herself looking down the barrel of a gun. The death of an uncle she didn't even know she had changed all that. Callum, an ex-assassin for the Scottish government, spent the last few years protecting Jolene's uncle. Now the chiseled bodyguard found himself on the run, going undercover to protect Jolene.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light, highly entertaining read. Recommended.

  • By Robert on 08-18-15

Light, highly entertaining read. Recommended.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Jolene is pulled out of her ordinary life into mystery, danger, and romance. A fun Summer listen. Stacey LaTorre's prose style is engaging, and Anna Castiglioni's reading shows both real affection for the characters and excellent vocal range. I'd recommend it for any fan of romance with light mystery and action moving the story along.

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  • The Last Hunter - Descent

  • Antarktos Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

"I've been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • well written, great narration, unsatisfying

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-09-15

Classic Fantasy, Thriller, and Christian Allegory

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

What did you love best about The Last Hunter - Descent?

Mixing pulp elements, science fiction, fantasy, and mythology, the Last Hunter series is a compelling read, one that will excite the imaginations of readers of all ages.

What did you like best about this story?

Also thrown into the mix are 80s pop culture references, nods to classic literature, and a fun take on Unified Myth Theory. Easter eggs also abound throughout the series, and should bring a smile to the face of any fan of Robinson's work.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Solomon Ull Vincent begins as geeky, gifted, and pretty much the kid so many young fantasy fans see themselves as. Yet his Zero to Hero path is compelling, and the colorful characters who act as his mentors and companions on his path are well drawn, complex, and, in the context of the story, believable.

Any additional comments?

This review is as much of the entire series as it is of the first book. I really wasn't expecting this type of story going in. I began with Robinson's Kaiju novels and then his Chess Team adventures, where science fiction and military adventure were front and center, and any fantasy elements had implied science fiction explanations. That said, I greatly enjoyed this foray into more traditional Fantasy, and would recommend the series to pretty much anyone.

  • The Musashi Flex

  • By: Steve Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

In the early 23rd century, one of very few ways to rise above your caste is to become a player in the extreme martial arts game known as the Musashi Flex. Lazlo Mourn, a battle-scarred veteran, is ready to hang up his blades when his moves suddenly evolve toward a form of fighting unlike any the galaxy has seen. Journalist Cayne Sola wants the big story on the games, and not even the fiercest warrior will stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun, well worth listening

  • By Robert on 09-17-09

Great fun, well worth listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

As much Martial Arts Adventure as Science Fiction, well narated and presented. Light, fast, entertaining, and a great way to spend a few hours.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Guinea Pig Diaries

  • My Life as an Experiment
  • By: A. J. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

A collection of A.J. Jacobs' most hilarious and thought-provoking experiments yet. In his role as human guinea pig, Jacobs fearlessly takes on a series of life-altering challenges that provides readers with equal parts insight and humor. (And which drives A.J.'s patient wife, Julie, to the brink of insanity.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A funny, quirky guy

  • By Lisa on 11-22-11

Good light listening

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

The author is entertaining and personable, but he touches only the surface of some very interesting subjects. This is a fun light listen, but if you want depth you'll need to look elsewhere.