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  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well performed, good story

  • By quelSaabOwner on 01-19-19

Good story with

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Interesting magic mechanism well explored and explained. Character development is decent.
My only complaint is the extended battle scenarios that is just alway over the top. That really bake me think about the writer and not enjoy the story...

  • Rise of the Ranger

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 1
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, enjoying what was left to them by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the error of their ways and realize a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennia - elves are superior! They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical world in a way that man could never grasp. Illian is their birthright. The six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied and always clawing at each other's doors for more power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it

  • By Ali on 03-24-18

It feels like very little progress...

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Character are developed and some a wide arc is in progress but not enough to make me want more. Bad guys won and now ... oh, sorry! Spoiler alert

It’s like “next time gadget” in reverse...

  • Call to Arms

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 2
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation...the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation's proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You can skip this one

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-17

Good for a drinking game

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This book is one big space battle. I know there is some that would like it but the absolute brainless situations that are contrived so that Dauntless can be the heroic savior goes past funny to just roll your eyes ridiculous.
Oh as to the drinking game: tee them up for every time you hear: Fitzie! Or if you want to take it easy scale it down to a) power is offline or b)fuel is low...

Where is the story line? The mini stories sprinkled in did not advance the story much and after all the space battles there is still no real outcome. I assume that is for the next book or not. I would not know and don’t care

  • Koban Universe 2: Have Genes, Will Travel

  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

For over a hundred years, Chisholm, a Rim World colony, has produced beef for most of Human Space, raising vast herds of a breed of Giant Longhorns. Things are changing, and land reform is demanded by small ranchers and farmers, placing restrictions on the existing open range policy. The wealthy large ranchers will stop this, any way they can, to preserve their profits. Passions are high and the opposing sides have turned violent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kobani in the Wild Wild West . . . with Rippers!

  • By bluestategirl on 11-18-16

Great example of how to tell a story!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Enjoyable story line with just enough action. The wit is also just enough to not take over the story line

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,969

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Not that great a start

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The story in itself is OK but the execution is not for me. I need to have two or three beers in to be able to enjoy it as the characters are very childish and the “humor” is not all that funny.

I must be the wrong audience for this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Plastic Magician

  • A Paper Magician Novel
  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking - the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery. Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries - in as short a time frame - as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By lowell on 08-21-18

Best of the series so far

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

The first two books were a bit contrived around the action scenes and drawn out.
Although this book still have a bit of that the overall story is much more fluid and enjoyable

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Buccaneers

  • Privateer Tales, Book 8
  • By: Jamie McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

If Nick James is right, the Tipperary solar system is about to become the busiest trading hub in the galaxy. To sweeten the pot, the cloud-city of Lèger Nuage is offering free warehouse space to qualified traders. Of course, nothing's as simple as it seems. Just like Earth's Old West, the Tipperary system is as full of promise as it is Buccaneers who are happy to prey on the weak. No one expects it to be easy, but deceit, piracy, and murder kindle the pioneering spirit in each of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, but Tabby is like a horny cat

  • By Brett on 08-21-17

Very juvenile storytelling

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I really liked the previous books in the series but for some reason the author decided to change the characters significantly in this book. Add that as pioneers in a new system you have to take a hard stance to survive but Liam keeps on doing just stupid stuff (hence the juvenile comment) putting everyone in danger.

This must be a decision by the author and maybe someone guided him in this direction but it is not for me. Throw in the randy stuff all the time and the book just hurt to listen to. I am getting my credit back as I cannot finish it and I am afraid this is it for me on this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • SpeedRunner

  • Tower of Babel, Book 1
  • By: Adam Elliott
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Launch day. That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a 101-kilometer tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source: The Great Emperor has issued his challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honest Review; No Hype No Hate

  • By adam on 05-10-18

There are bette litrpg’s...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The story line is OK I really could not get into it as I did with others in the genre. Cannot really put my finger on it but it starts with the acting part in the narrative to the over described fighting scenes. Maybe focusing to much on building drama than working the mechanics?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Certain

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815

Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she's not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she's sold her first novel, Ella couldn't be more thrilled...until she gets a call that her sister's gone missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Review

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

First half is awesome...

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

First part is great, character building is decent and the story is interesting but then the book change to include the perspective from the killer and the whole thing came apart. There are no twists or surprises. Having said that the book is very well narrated and will help kill time if you get the book on a special

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,625
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,833
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,780

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Waited long for this disapointement

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

There are whole sections that are just fillers and some sections that seem intent of slowing the pace to the detriment of the novel.

The book provides answers to most questions that remained after the previous books and the Dalinar track is not too bad if a bit longwinded.

Now for the reason for the low rating: Kaladin is now relegated to a support character and the part he plays is more dark than before.
Adolin suddenly became a lame character, a complete turnaround from the last book...really?

Shallan character: a complete distraction, completely uninteresting as she turned into a schizophrenic with her alternate Shallan "clones". I really just wanted to fast forward every-time time was allotted to this character.e

If it was not for some decent story telling I would give this a two. Make no mistake, Brandon can spin a story but this got out of hand. Can I suggest getting back to just a good story with a limited number of character arcs or focus more on the end goal? Don't try to make this a 20 year project...