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  • A Winter Haunting

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 957

A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage - and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween, he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally Well Done

  • By Jan on 01-05-16

Dan Simmons and Bronson Pinchot are a great combo!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Excellent! I've never been disappointed by any of his books that I've listened to thus far. Bronson Pinchot is a fantastic narrator! I never hesitate to purchase a book hes narrated.

  • Wild Wastes

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727

In The Waste, every fantasy creature, fairytale demon, or mythological monster exists. From orcs, to neriads, ogres, trolls, wraiths, elves, harpies, and even beastmen. They all exist, and all despise humankind. In the ruins of the west and east coasts, new governments have arisen. With new jobs. Vince is a Ranger, a profession whose sole job duty is surviving in the waste, and taking missions from the Ranger Guild. Be it courier services, escorts, or simply exploring tombs and cities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy Venture, Mythical Creatures; and One Stud

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-18

This is pornography.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I figured that this would be a mediocre book at best, but I've been surprised before, so I purchased it, and basically only because it repeatedly showed up in my recommendations. It's horrible fantasy lit, but what really makes it bad is that it's pornographic and totally gross. The last thing I want to hear in a fantasy book is graphic details about a guy having sex with a Driad, Orc, and humanoid Ant. an ant...really? the thing that really gets me is that I've selected to not get any suggestions in the erotica category and I would definitely put this trash that category and I also put off buying this because it seems like it would be tailored more to a teen, or young adult audience. i hope I can get my credit back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Somewhither

  • A Tale of the Unwithering Realm
  • By: John C. Wright
  • Narrated by: Jon Mollison
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Ilya Muromets is a big, ugly, motherless boy who does not look like anyone else in his Oregon town. His father is often absent on mysterious Church missionary work that involves silver bullets, sacred lances, and black helicopters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but extremely amusing

  • By Peguy on 04-19-17

Too religious

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

I guess if your into religious lit hidden in a sci-fi then you might like this.

6 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragon's Test

  • The Dragon's Champion, Book 3
  • By: Sam Ferguson
  • Narrated by: 5395 MEDIA LLC
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Bearing the scars of defeat, Erik must now race to protect his home from the powerful enemies that have declared war on his family. Outnumbered and outmatched, he must hold off the advancing horde until help arrives. To fail would bring the destruction of the Middle Kingdom, and all that he holds dear. Meanwhile, Al must finally deal with his brother Threnton, king of the dwarves of Roegudok Hall, if he is to have any chance to restore the Keeper of Secrets and help Erik survive the impending onslaught.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than a 2 star, but not quite a 3 star.

  • By Bob-o on 12-23-16

Better than a 2 star, but not quite a 3 star.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

This is for the 1st three books in the series.

I'd consider this epic fantasy, but it's pretty formulaic, and falls short. It's a typical coming of age story. The books have been good enough for me to get to the 3rd book in three series, but I think I'll stop here, at least for a while. The narrator is really bad. His monotone voice kind of makes the dialogue melt together. He also doesn't really have any character voices. In this case it's not really a bad thing. I'd rather listen to a narrator who can't voice acting, than have one that thinks they can, but when they try they're absolutely horrendous. Anyway, I'd pass on this one unless your aware of its shortcomings.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lyric's Curse

  • Dragonblood Sagas, Book 1
  • By: Robyn Wideman
  • Narrated by: Erik Sandvold
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

When a young, crippled orphan finds himself caught on the wrong side of town by a group of highborn youths, his life is forever changed. Left for dead after a vicious attack, Lyric finds himself in the care of a witch. One who knows more about him then he does. Lyric will learn his true place in life, one far more interesting and dangerous then his old life as a street rat. Lyric will meet two young women who play intricate roles in deciding his future, will it be love or destiny? All the while a dark shadow is crossing the land.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, nice time filler, worth a credit

  • By Greg on 05-31-16

Not so good.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I think I would have enjoyed this book back when I was a pre-teen boy. Even though I like books from all age groups, I just didn't enjoy this one. In fact I only listened to the first and last 3 hours of the novel, being left feeling that I didn't miss any thing. The narration is pretty bad too.I'd pass on this one if you're an adult.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Work Experience

  • Schooled in Magic, Book 4
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

In the summer between second and third year at Whitehall, Emily accompanies Lady Barb on her rounds of the Cairngorm Mountains, bringing magical help to the locals and searching for new magicians. For Emily, tired and broken after the events of Study in Slaughter, it should be a chance to relax as well as to visit a new part of the Nameless World, to put her responsibilities aside and just be herself. But the locals aren't quite what she expects, with problems of their own, and Lady Barb is a different person away from Whitehall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tavia Gilbert raises the bar

  • By Jack Cards on 04-23-17

I like this series

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I've really enjoy this series. I usually don't enjoy books where the protagonist is transported from Earth to another planet, but this author ties it into the story line through out the series in a believable manner. The magic system is "somewhat" novel, but it is still believable, or at least makes sense. I like it when preforming magic has a cost, like you need extra sleep after doing a lot of it, and this one does. I also like how the protagonist learns to use the magic in class and on the road. The books can be a little slow, but it's not too bad. The Narration is excellent. I completely forgot there was just one narrator, instead of a bunch of people speaking their part. I think the charicters are believable. There's very, very little young romance in the books, really just a little talk about relationships and discussions about boyfriends in the books, which is another positive thing about the series. I recommend this series if there's nothing else you're dieing to listen to. I also expecially recommend this series to teenage and young adult woman. And it's rare for me to recommend a series targeted towards woman, since I'm a man in his fifties, though I do like books of all age ranges.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Miss This Masterful Modern Morality Play!

  • By Liberty on 12-01-16

Not her best, but still very good.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Most of Anne's books have more action than this one. The writing style, in my opinion is more like her Mayfair books, but entirely in the vampire world. There were lots of discussions about concepts, new charicters, and the world of Atlantis. The full cast of characters are there, but not everyone has a speaking role. Overall I enjoyed it. Simon Vance did an excellent job! I have mixed opinions about him. He is sometimes mediocre, and puts me to sleep with his sing song cadence, or he does such fantastic job that he can make an awful book seem better than average.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Son of Avonar

  • Bridge of D'Arnath, Book 1
  • By: Carol Berg
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Magic is forbidden throughout the Four Realms. For decades, sorcerers and those associating with them were hunted to near extinction.But Seri, a Leiran noblewoman living in exile, is no stranger to defying the unjust laws of her land. She is sheltering a wanted fugitive who possesses unusual abilities-a fugitive with the fate of the realms in his hands...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fantasy

  • By SAMK on 04-22-13

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This is a great epic series. I was constantly suprised as events in the story as they unfolded. The story is not predictable. I kept feeling that I was at the climax of the story, only to find out upon checking was that there were hours left in the book, and when the real climax and ending of the book occurred I was totally surprised by it, and definitely was left wanting more. Every time I listen to a novel by Carol Burg I like her writing more. Her fantasy is refreshing, her world's are new and believable, and she breaths life into her characters. The narrators are excellent. There are some reviewers that were angry that the narrators didn't get together and coordinate how to pronounce words used in the book and I think they should just give them a break. Even Kate Reading and Michael Kramer don't always pronounce words the same when they narrate the same book and they're married. I also liked the magic system in the book. I found it expansive and believable. I highly recommend this series for those that like original and refreshing epic fantasy,  with extensive world building, a unique magic system, and believable characters with depth.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spellfire

  • Forgotten Realms: Shandril's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ed Greenwood
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior. It is the most sought-after magical power in all Faern. And it is in the reluctant hands of Shandril of Highmoon, a young, orphaned kitchen-lass. Now she's on the run from half of the evil sorcerers in the land, not to mention their relentless minions. But with the help of a handsome young wizard, some rough-and-tumble Knights of Myth Drannor, and a certain old mage of Shadowdale, she just might manage to stay alive. At least until tomorrow.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Ed's Best Work

  • By Guy Generic on 11-02-16

Pure cookie cutter with atrocious narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

If the narration weren't so bad I probably would have enjoyed these books more. Listening at 0.90X made the narration a little better, but dragged out the misery. I took a lot of naps while listening to books one and two and I didn't bother listening to book 3. These books are really guards for pre-teens, which I can really enjoy at times. I do not recommend this trilogy. Enough said...

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dust and Light

  • Sanctuary, Book 1
  • By: Carol Berg
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

How much must one pay for an hour of youthful folly? The Pureblood Registry accused Lucian de Remeni-Masson of "unseemly involvement with ordinaries", which meant only that he spoke with a young woman not of his own kind, allowed her to see his face unmasked, worked a bit of magic for her.... After that one mistake, Lucian’s grandsire excised half his magic and savage Harrowers massacred his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A 'JUST GET ON WITH IT' Book

  • By Trip Williams on 01-13-16

Excellent Duet

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

This and the 2nd book are fantastic. I can easily understand why Brandon Sanderson says that Carol Berg is one of the people who influenced his writing. She has quite an imagination. When I first started listening to these books I thought I knew where they were going, but much to my satisfaction I was wrong. These books are full of surprises, which sent my imagination flying, and left me hungering for more, and yet satisfied at the time the story ends. The magic system is really cool and it really develops in the 2nd book. MacLeod Andrews does an Excellant job too. I've only listened to one other series narrated by MacLeod before and he just did a so-so job on it. Now that I know how good a narrator he can be I'll be looking for other books that he narrates. I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes epic fantasy and novel, interesting magic systems!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful