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  • Enchantress

  • Evermen Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but ....

  • By Hlambase on 08-24-14

Just like in almost all of the stories...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

There is almost a laughable consistency in a staggering amount of bones I've since listened to, what they're ate now than a few pivotal points where - and here's another annoying point - A WOMAN (seemingly of a position of power and superior intellect) - commit to an act that is so 'gods' (couldn't resist) DAMMED STUPID, that - when it's such a good book and you're enraptured and submerged into its story, that you cannot believe how: plain and simply BAD the decision is that one of these powerful, insanely intelligent women is made to make via the author. This has got to be some sort of conspiracy in an effort to belittle women, it's so common and ridiculous lol. (half joke)

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makes the dipshit decision to plot escape and disgrace the one person who had saved her, treated her as a, and I quote : "perfect gentlemen"?? Instead of saying what she needed to do - reup her green book - she has to run off away from a safe camp, into the fucking DESERT - to do this?? AAAFFTERRR the prince GAVE HER THEIR OWN Lexicon, and a good God damn JUG of the juice she needs to craft? As a gift? Just... "here yah go tootse.. Because I think you have nice boobies and awesome vergeen'yah"..???? Seriously how did this extremely bright, educated woman come to this conclusion when the whole book she had displayed high competence in using pragmatism, thinking things through and finally: as the best method to help her friends and people (as this was the written statement given for the reason for her betrayal to the prince) - no.... Fuck, no don't ask the prince to help... That would be much too intelligent an act...........wtf man. Why do these things have to exist in an otherwise AMAZING story... I'd be much more forgivable if the dipshit decisions were nominal ones, and not outright pivotal.

Sigh.

This has been such a common theme in fantasy novels /series /trilogies etc. They I felt the need to vent this point on several rate and review areas of bones I've listened to.

Dammed stupid little pet peeves...

But this IS affffking AWESOME story so far.


  • Iron Will

  • The Shifting Tides, Book 4
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

The world is facing a war to end all wars, a confrontation that will destroy everything Dion and Chloe hold dear. With Palemon's dragon army growing in number, time is running out... Dion is doing everything in his power to prepare his kingdom, but he knows it will not be enough. Although he needs Chloe's help, recent tragedy makes him terrified for her safety. Magic is dangerous. Only Palemon is too arrogant to see it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved all four books

  • By Teresa Williams on 07-30-18

all conflicts: hopeless, then a miracle occurs....

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

meh. the beginning of the book was middle of the series was yet frustrating. the ladder half was good.,. I think - missing by the pattern of obvious betrayal was a lack of inventive story writing but the overall was a good effort

  • A Sellsword's Compassion

  • The Seven Virtues, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Peppers
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

If life has taught the jaded sellsword Aaron Envelar anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing. But when his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand. Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet - staying alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite new author.

  • By David on 08-12-18

meh...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

it was an okay book. But I found myself missing big chunks when I walked in another room - and other reasons - and ended up not caring enough to rewind to listen to what I missed.. Steven Brand is one of my favorite narrators, but in this book I felt like he was flat during all argument/conversation/battles etc.. I didn't know really what the mood was from one moment to the next.. idk. not BAD but not good..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Silver Road

  • The Shifting Tides, Book 2
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Chloe's quest to escape the Oracle's prophecy leads her to a magus with a secret: the eldren are not the only race to use magic in warfare. An ancient power is rediscovered, and a forgotten people will return. Meanwhile, cursed by his birth, Dion tries to forge a new life at sea, away from both the eldren and his former life in Xanthos, but the one thing he can't leave behind is his heritage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Catherine A Casey on 10-19-18

good twists, initial character actions irrational

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

makes ABSOLUTELY no sense why Zach* the shapeahifter lied... he . DIDN'T want the horn to be exposed, so.. he said it was okay to expose it? wtf? and he wanted to STEAL it? he knew he could trust chloe and her father. he, the character. the author failed miserably at this ...

and why couldn't the "lost ice people" magically locate the horn? they only sensed it when the golden Arc was opened, but the linen sack was so good at secreting it's power the mage thought it was destroyed??


wtf is up with the old man? he blindly helps and also for help I counted 7 or 8 times and continues to blindly raise people or follow people because they pinky promised? But the author writes him as a political genius? how could a man - "First counselman" for decades, be so thoroughly penetrated by so many people??? even those considered far below his station? and then have the audacity to be shocked as he is gangbanged by the counsel members that are living rich as shit because he's not there? And that teeny little point that E. V. E. R. Y. single one of his buddies in the old counsel were publically, brutally murdered for SUPPORTING him! But yeah - He's a "returning hero" like he says. His reason? Well he saved the country from foreign invasion, of course! Well... actually he had sought - foreign - aid... again. Since nothing bad happened the LAST FUCKING TIME he did that! genius.

I couldn't hello but write this. because, I forced myself to listen and if I were to rant about reach idiotic point I came across - I might just say screw it and write my own book called, "Common sense decisions in everyday life: what not to do."

  • The Mountains Rise

  • Embers of Illeniel, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581

**See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the world isn't black and white

  • By joseph on 05-06-15

unique and exciting

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

how can you complain about aBOOK which a person wrote for the entertainment of others in a FICTIONAL WORLD.

how dare you write a fake story that I went out and willingly purchased and then read/listened to with things I don't approve of within. and then kept reading.

your offense offends me. fucking pathetic.


this book was downright a masterpiece. NOTHING like it.

to the author: you are a serious artist. I implore you to never change your creatiions because others have to try and tell you what's okay. Those people should move to Cambodia and fight genocidal warlords with child militants. That's something worth getting upset about.

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,675

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.

  • By Chiron on 01-05-18

small things add up to a big thing

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

the way the narrator relays a person "yelling" sounds like he's got balls in his mouth while teeing to talk.,. tehehe. lol - good book though, and the narrator is actually -mostly - good.

oh, and he says "Battle MAGE" the s. a. .m. e. e. x. a. c. t. w. a. y. every time. no matter the mid, situation or character. Battle MAGE. Battle MAGE.

other than that though, pretty good story and book.

  • The Fall of Dragons

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

In the climax of the Traitor Son Cycle, the allied armies of the Wild and the Kingdoms of men and women must face Ash for control of the gates to the hermetical universe, and for control of their own destinies. But exhaustion, treachery, and time may all prove deadlier enemies. In Alba, Queen Desiderata struggles to rebuild her kingdom wrecked by a year of civil war, even as the Autumn battles are fought in the west. In the Terra Antica, the Red Knight attempts to force his unwilling allies to finish the Necromancer instead of each other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A poor end to an epic story

  • By Chris on 03-21-19

narrator was best in first book or 2 but still

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

good throughout the series! I still wish the author could have done a better job describing the magic system, and he could have imo in an elegant way, work the University in Malayan (sp? muh lay ann). great series though... lastly - there were 3 out 4 things that o was completely confused on, which seemed to be decently important, and although doing a fine job at describing enough to make it fun - another area of the book which could have been fun to expand on: the 7 words the main character traveled through. I think it could have been a whole separate series.. just am opinion. cheers!

  • The Red Knight

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 30 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996

Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Rolling The Dice Here At Audible!

  • By Michael on 03-04-13

if you liked prince/king/emporer of thorns...

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

you'll love this...
it's VERY much like P/K/E .O.T. - anti-hero(ish) with a brutal company-o-men@arms. they are good.. but not.. but are.. kinda mostly... but not really. and they FFFUHH'K shhhhihhh-T up. and also, the leader is the toughest, but not the best fighter? sorta?

anywho. great structure for magic - but I wish it were explained a little more than where the sources come from, and more about why spells take so long or not so long etc.. maybe in later books in the series, who knows.

but a lot of good, unexpected and satisfying plots/mini-plots...

  • Relic of the Gods

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 3
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

The final days of hope have come and gone. The kingdoms of Illian stand on the edge of ruin, threatened by the armies of Valanis. As evil spreads across the land, too few are left to hold the line. A world away, the children of fire and flame may be the only hope for the realm. But the dragons have been defeated before, and Verda’s future now hangs in the balance. Reeling from their losses, Asher and his companions journey north, trying to outrun the savage Darkakin. A confrontation awaits the ranger, but even with Paldora’s gem, he dare not challenge Valanis yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ending!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-31-18

holes

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

there were a few holes.. it some completely unnecessary moments, but otherwise - good book :)

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Slowish start - for both the story and narrator (IMO)

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

The beginning of the story isn't "slow", per say. The narrator seems almost to be a bit hesitant to "get in" to her role - or, "roles". She ends every line at the same volume level, pitch, emotion, etc. But steadily - and then suddenly she opens the blinds to full and she slays it :) each and every character has their own vouce, personality, ticks, friends, frienemies and enemies etc etc. - 4 stars because I AL.MO.SSST. returned the book at the beginning. But I'm absolutely Glad I did not!


For the story - I feel there are (or is at least one) some points which are integral to understanding the world and it's lore of which hadn't been adequately assessed -
I think I whsmmr