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  • Temple of the Winds

  • Sword of Truth, Book 4
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 28 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,305

The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, poor narration

  • By Dani on 07-19-09

Horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I've listened to this narrator in the past and although not one of my favorites, he seemed to do an adequate job. For this book I think someone missed a few steps. When the narrator is switched do they not require the new narrator to listen to the previous reads before recording his own? Dick Hill didn't even pronounce the main character's (Kaylan) name as the previous three narrators had. Nor does he put the enthusiasm into the characters ( particularly Zed) as the previous narrators had. Does not someone proof listen to catch these types of mistakes? Regardless, it threw me off throughout the entire book but felt I had to listen so I knew what was going on in the next book. Looking forward to another in the series and yet another narrator change. We will see what happens!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fell Sword

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 28 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged, and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real, and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when he intends to be victorious on them all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoying read

  • By Andrew on 06-12-14

Confusing!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I listened to the first few HOURS of this book multiple times in an attempt to keep track of how all the characters tie together. There are many and most are very interesting but as soon as their storyline seems to get started an abrupt change occurs and you shortly realize you are in another character's story. Thinking perhaps I was not paying attention I tried again and again. At this point, I don't have another try in me. The narrator is great! The characters are good! Thank God for a return on my credit!

If you’ve listened to books by Miles Cameron before, how does this one compare?

Not as well

Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

Couldn't say

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope

Any additional comments?

Nope

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soul of the World

  • By: David Mealing
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hamilton
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Three lines of magic must be conquered, and three heroes must rise in the first book of this epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Mistborn and The Name of the Wind!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Crafted Debut

  • By Scott Simons on 10-09-17

Uh-no!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

This was likely one of the most boring books I have listened to in the ten years I have been a member. I listened to almost 6 hours of it, hoping it was just a slow starter like some are. Uh-no. It is not. Your credit might be better spent on a book about Donald Trump!

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sasha

  • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Sasha is a fighter, the likes of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen. Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior Kessligh, Sasha's exquisite swordplay astonishes all who see it. But she is young, untested in battle, and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenin is a land divided by its beliefs: the Verenthane of the ruling class, and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, well written, and wonderfully performed.

  • By Jean Alexander on 12-28-16

Good first book but the second I returned.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Sasha to be better than the print version?

Good 1st for a series although for the younger generations I think. The 2nd I returned. Too much battle and not so much character interaction outside of that. I would try the 3rd only because I have an option to return it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most was the characters. Least was the ongoing battles of the 2nd.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,288

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Masterpiece from Anthony Ryan. One

  • By Howard on 09-21-14

Finish your series here with book #2

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Where does Tower Lord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the midrange

What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

He is a good narrator. Don't waste your credit on book #3 though. It's terribly boring!

Any additional comments?

Enjoy this one and stop here

  • Ghosts in the Yew

  • Vesteal, Book 1
  • By: Blake Hausladen
  • Narrated by: Lauren Faits, Willard Dunbar, Clayton Faits, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Ghosts in the Yew is the story of four people who are banished beyond the edge of the map, to a land of gnarled forests, ancient magic, and the site of a terrible murder. Their struggles to survive will put them at odds with their families, their nation, and the very powers that shaped the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Borderline Perfection!!!

  • By laura on 05-14-15

Good story line but should be in the juvenile dept

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

What did you like best about Ghosts in the Yew? What did you like least?

the story line

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghosts in the Yew?

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Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

The narrators were okay. Especially when I figured out that I needed to adjust the narration speed to slow it down. It seemed as though the narrators were speed reading for some characters and drawling for others

Could you see Ghosts in the Yew being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Nope

Any additional comments?

There is an epic story in this book but it should be listed under a juvenile genre as written

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  • The Black Prism

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Cristofer Jean
  • Length: 22 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan of Brent Weeks but...

  • By Lee on 04-20-11

Great story! Horrible Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

No. I don't normally listen to books twice.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cristofer Jean’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story line. I am happy to have discovered Brent Weeks and have enjoyed many books by this author. However, do they not listen to these recordings while they are being done? I would have hired a new narrator after the first chapter. Simon Vance takes over after the first book so all will be well. In fact, I drudged through the first book knowing a different narrator would be heard in book two although I normally do not listen to a series when there are multiple narrators.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mage's Blood

  • The Moontide Quartet, Book 1
  • By: David Hair
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,280

Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Podehl is great as usual, but only read this if you've read everything else in the genre...

  • By Chance on 07-24-17

Good Read....lol...listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

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

Yes. Good story line, good characters and a great narrator. Love Nick Podehl!

Which scene was your favorite?

The grand standoff toward the end

Any additional comments?

I hope the second book in this series is as good as the first!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sum of All Men

  • The Runelords, Book One
  • By: David Farland
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A world of interesting magics and moral choices.

  • By Lore on 04-02-12

BORING!!! AND PREDICTABLE

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Would you try another book from David Farland and/or Ray Porter?

Yes

What could David Farland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not been so predictable

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter?

Narrator was ok

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sum of All Men?

All the taking of people's attributes. It got really old after a while.

Any additional comments?

I've been an Audible member for many years. This, I think, is the worst book I have tried to date. I would like to be able to go into profound detail as to why I dislike this book so much. However, not possible as the only words of description that come to mind are boring and predictable. I read a review prior to purchase and was excited that I had found a new series. Maybe the review was mistakenly placed next to this title?? I gave it five hours and could not take the predictableness any longer. Probably a really good story line and although there are several more in the series, I just have to stop the listen. Hopefully, I can return it and not have to waste a good credit on such a horrible book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fool's Assassin

  • Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please Audible for Eda & El change the narrator!!!

  • By Andre Alvarez on 01-09-15

AAAARRRRGGGHHH!!!! Different narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This narrator is absolutely not the right choice for this book! I understand that at times a narrator may choose for whatever reason to stop reading a certain series of books. However, I would think that in that case, the author or the company providing a narrator would at least find a new narrator that sounds like the first one and pronounce the names of the characters the same. I stumbled across the "Fools" series and loved it. I listened to the entire series in record time I think. When I found this one that sounds as though it would wrap up the loose ends I was excited to have it in my library. However, the narrator has given each of the characters an almost feminine quality to their voices. Very Disappointing!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fitz of course!

How could the performance have been better?

Using the same narrator

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

No