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  • For a Few Credits More: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe

  • The Revelations Cycle Series, Book 7
  • By: Chris Kennedy, Peter Cawdron, Rob Howell, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

It's the 22nd century. Humanity has taken its first steps into the galaxy, and we've found ourselves in a vast playground of alien races and cultures. As the newest players on the universal stage, though, we're at the bottom of the food chain. Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates humans from the majority of the other races. While some of the stories deal with mercenaries, others introduce listeners to the other guilds, organizations, and races that make up the landscape of the Four Horsemen universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mercenaries and Mechs.

  • By R. J. Thorne on 06-14-18

Basically Awesome

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

So, basically I thought this collection was awesome. Some stories more engaging than others, but that's the way of anthos. Expertly and professionally narrated, which really gave good life to all the stories. Great voice.
Favorite were the opener, kind of a mystery noir, and the second and third stories. So yeah, the first 3 open this book with a bang. Some good humor as well mixed in with some truly unique turns. Other stories were more straight forward, but I love me some metal crunching, straight forward action sometimes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Crystal Bridge

  • The Lost Shards, Volume 1
  • By: Charlie Pulsipher
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

The Egg followed Kaden home from the hospital. This glowing shell only he can see transports him across the emptiness between universes to distant worlds, but he's afraid to use it. This strange Egg may have saved Kaden's life once, but it failed to save anyone else he cares about. Aren's sight reaches deep into the souls around her, seeing more than she wants in her friends and teachers at school. When she turns her gaze on Kaden, his Egg responds by sending them spiraling across space and time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Right

  • By R. J. Thorne on 08-26-15

Crazy mashup of tech and fantasy!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I really think this book has something for everyone. If you like futuristic tech I really think this book has something for everyone. If you like futuristic tech,This is for you. If you like classical sword and sorcery fantasy, this is for you. If you like YA adventure with hints of romance, this is for you. If you want a narrator who makes you forget that you’re listening to a story, and instead makes you think you’re IN the story, this is for you.

  • Today We Die

  • The Killing Sands, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Wilde
  • Narrated by: Keith Michaelson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The horrors of World War II are widely known. The horrors that have remained unknown - until now - are far worse. In the year 2093, an ancient biological weapon is accidentally unearthed from the sands of the Sahara Desert. Experts Shift Bader and Anta Chalthoum are called to investigate, but even they cannot fathom the breadth of what has been uncovered. The stakes quickly rise as the peril intensifies. Shift and Anta must set aside their budding feelings for each other as they face a catastrophe the likes of which the world has never known; the effects of which threaten to reach beyond the borders of our own world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Twist on an old concept

  • By PL93 Axel on 01-13-18

I think I found a winner

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Exploring audible can be a little tough. Lots of titles, and they all kind of blend together after a while. I was looking for something dystopian but not yet another mountain man or ex-military guy who turns into an unlikely hero. Shift Bader, the main character, is a sarcastic, unassuming archeologist who specializes in the history of plagues and mass-extinction events. Pretty cool, right? I gave this book 5 stars not because of the quality of writing or the actual storyline, but because it just felt real. Usually the characters are right in the middle of the end of the world happening. While Shift is there at the beginning, much of the doom and gloom happens beyond his sphere. This is a story about the solution, about heroes who largely go unsung, who slave away in crappy working conditions trying to save the human race. The setting and characters are just really true to me.

Narration. Really good. Lots of minor characters that come and go. Over 2 dozen altogether I think, and each had their own unique voice. A good part of the story is told in a female first person perspective, and I forgot the narrator was actually a male in those parts. Wide range, good quality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • William Wilde and the Necrosed

  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

On a cold winter's night, just shy of his 17th birthday, William Wilde became an orphan. It was a simple car accident that claimed the lives of his family. Eight months later, at the start of his senior year of high school, a beautiful, mysterious girl enters William's life. Captivating and confident, she holds secrets about William's heritage, secrets of which he himself is unaware: rare magic flows in William's veins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By bindu on 03-21-18

The magic of STRANGER THINGS and THE MAZE RUNNER

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

William Wilde and the Necrosed by Davis Ashura, narrated by the sublime Nock Podehl, is a tremendously well-written and exciting story. Nick's performance confirms that he, once again, deserves the credit given him as one of the top narrators in fantasy today.

Fans of Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins, James Dashner, and Brandon Mull will find a new home with The Chronicles of William Wilde. Those who loved Indiana Jones, the Goonies, and E.T. as kids will also get lost in this Urban Fantasy.

This story is magical. Both literally and figuratively. Ashura has managed to unfold an adventure to us that bridges the generational appeal, promising to delight middle-aged audiences all the way down to high school audiences, much the same way that STRANGER THINGS has done. As a 40-year-old, I found myself living in a nostalgic time through the story, with all the 80's references, while not being able to take the ear buds out as the plot sped along. The magic system is just being introduced, and we get to learn with the characters. For a while, I wasn't sure who was on whose side. With a fair amount of twists and discovery, hints of teenage love, and plenty of adventure, William Wilde and the Necrosed promises a rollercoaster of thrills to a wide audience. The characters feel like old friends from a long time ago . . . and some are, if you know Ashura's other works. You will not be disappointed.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Warrior's Path

  • The Castes and the OutCastes Book 1
  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229

Sweeping from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders, enter a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.Rukh Shektan has always understood duty. As a member of Caste Kumma, the warrior Caste, nothing else is acceptable. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. Though the mission is dangerous, Rukh's hope and optimism are undaunted. Karma, however, is a fickle fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pleasantly surprised

  • By Cory on 10-06-15

Newest Epic To Grab My Attention in a Major Way

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Here are some questions to consider when looking for a new fantasy series:
1. Since, most of the time, the world and cultures are made up, does this book come across as a believable setting that is easily settled into?
A WP does this flawlessly. Ashura is a star at quickly creating settings and a world that feels authentic.
2. Is there a good balance between intrigue, characterization, and action?
A WP deserves highest marks for all of those. I loved the political intrigue worked into this story that shows the culture, political and justice system of the City of Ashoka. The main characters are incredibly well drawn, with flaws and hypocrisies all of their own that makes each one of them complex and believable. The action, especially creating "blends," was something that grabbed me instantly. The writing changed in these parts to reflect a loss of singular POV in favor of the blend's POV. Very well done.
3. Is the "magic system unique?
The magic system of a WP is unique and well-developed. It's simple, for the most part, which makes it easy to follow.
4. Are the antagonists simply "bad guys," or are they also complex beyond simply "evil"?
This might be the best part of a WP. There are several antagonists, including entire races. The world that Ashura has created showcases many different races and species. Some are naturally against each other (as would happen in any complex world of different species), and some are pitted against each other because of a deeply rooted history. However, there are twists and turns that make the antagonists, at times, who you want to cheer for.
5. For the audio versions, does the narrator do the book justice, matching the atmosphere of the book?
Uh, yeah. Totally. Podehl hit it out of the park. With some animal-like characters, the cast of voices he brought to the table was most impressive and, importantly, consistent.

In the end, A Warrior's Path triumphs as a new entry into the epic fantasy realms that deserves a place on every serious fan's shelf.

  • Stories from Arisa: Volume One

  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Arisa: a world of loss and hardship; of legend and wonder; the world of A Warrior's Path. Return there now with Stories from Arisa, a short story collection featuring four wonderful new fables from that mythic place; each one a polished gem; together, an assemblage spanning the realms of hope, humor, tragedy, loss, and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 stories...thats it?

  • By Kevin Ford on 01-19-18

This was a must have for me...

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

As a fantasy author, I can truthfully say that Davis Ashura is one of my favorite fantasy authors. I'm so glad I discovered this series. SFA is a collection of short stories that give greater insight and depth into the world of Arisa and many characters you might not get as much face time as you would like in the full length novels. Each of the 4 stories delivers comedy, intrigue, action, or just plain good thought-provoking prose. I both listened to and read these collection. Nick Pohdel continues to be a perfect match as a voice for this content. If you're a fan of the Castes and the OutCastes, Stories From Arisa is a must have! You'll find yourself wanting to go back and re-read the series to see where all these stories fit in to the overarching plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Warrior's Penance

  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206

Following Stronghold's destruction, Rukh and Jessira lead the ragged remnants of the OutCastes on the long march to Ashoka. There they seek sanctuary for her people, but in order to do so they must overcome unyielding law that demands exile for all ghrinas. Meanwhile, Hal'El Wrestiva - exposed and reviled as the Withering Knife murderer - escapes from Ashoka and hatches one final scheme to resuscitate his soiled reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, wonderful narration

  • By Cory on 08-04-16

Fantasy. Action. Magic. Seeing the human soul

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

I want to be transparent. Davis and I are friends. We became friends through our books. He read one of mine before I ever had contact with him and posted an unsolicited favorable comment on SFFworld. So, this is an honest review.
When Davis's books were produced to audiobooks (using the amazing Nick Podehl as narrator), I wasted no time checking his work out. From the first introduction to his main characters, they leaped out of the story. They sang. I maintain a healthy envy as an author for his ability to develop lively characters that are so authentic despite being set in a fantasy story. That realism continued throughout each book. I loved the relationship between Ruhk and Jasira. I loved the political strife between the Castes in Ashoka. I loved the political maneuvering and consequences of them, good and bad, upon characters you both love and hate. I loved the redemption of one antagonist in this third volume that gave insight into the human soul. Davis has a knack for bringing out raw emotion in his characters that translates to us as readers and listeners.This series is truly original in its magic system. There's a part in this third installment in the first third of the story where a conflict arises that is just GRIPPING. I truly did not know what was going to happen. My heart was in my throat. After that, the book did slow down a bit much for me, but (BUT!) the payoff was amazing. I'm not kidding.
I will listen to this series many times like I do Stormlight Archive or the Kingkiller Chronicles (hurry up Rothfuss, Ancients take me). There aren't many series I listen to again, but Ashura's Castes and the Outcastes will be one of those few.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • First Strike

  • A Thriller
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587

Deep within the Pentagon, a covert multibillion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a handpicked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best book ever

  • By Sally E. Sasser on 07-08-16

Solid thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

First, Dewey Andreas is the closest thing I've found to Mitch Rapp, though a more relatable hero. He gets hurt, he doesn't always hit his mark. But he's a beast. Also, these stories aren't so hero focused as to cut out other players that always have a key role in overcoming massive potential disasters. Again, this makes this series feel more real and plausible. The performance is good but the engineering wasn't great. The mouth noises weren't edited out and pulled me out of the story several times. Would have preferred a bit more post production. Still, solid work and looking forward to the next one!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance, hit a home run!

  • By Mike on 01-14-15

Fantastic first book!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

As a fantasy author, I'm extremely critical of other fantasy works. Rarely do I find works outside of Sanderson, Rothfuss, Ryan or Martin in this genre that intrigue me on an author's level. The magic system here is well thought out and I look forward to its depth increasing in future books. The main character, Caldan, is very likeable as is Moranda (sp?). I wanted more development of the Protector master, Simmins (sp?) but that's a minor thing.

One thing I give high praise to this story for is the side stories. In truth, I was just as intrigued, if not slightly more so, by several of those. They were expertly weaved into the main plot and I never felt like I wanted to just move on to get back to the main story. Trust me, this is a skill and something author's struggle with. Hogan does it well. I was very captivated by Lady Kaitlyn and Vacille's (sp?) stories especially.

Caldan definitely felt naive at first as a character, but guess what? He was! Others have pointed that out as a negative point, but it didn't bother me as I felt that was intentional. By the end of this first installment, he had grown and grown quickly.

I think there's just enough tying up of loose ends to satisfy any reader of the genre and leaves enough open to make me want to eagerly move on to the next book (which is out, thank goodness). Final note: this book is VERY light on foul language and contains almost no sensuality, only a few references. It is YA safe and something I value in books. Hogan, like some other well-known authors, prove again that you don't have to muck up a book with profanity and sex to be entertaining and captivating.

Truly, for a first book from a debut author, I am impressed. So will you be.

37 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,540

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

Quite intriguing

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

Very detailed and well imagined. I found myself jealous, as an author, of the descriptions and corridors of imagination the plot took me through.

I really enjoy these kinds of novels, how they take disputed and unknown history and weave a great tale of fiction that makes you feel the story. My only real complaint is that there were a lot of convenient things that happened to move the story along that felt a bit contrived. Nevertheless, very worth the time.

The narration, especially Paul Michael's, was excellent. The numerous European accents and characters must certainly have been a feat but he proves himself adept at vocal performance.